September 6, 2009

Women's Soccer Picks Up First Ever Win Over Nationally Ranked Team, 1-0

Women's Soccer Picks Up First Ever Win Over Nationally Ranked Team, 1-0

9/6/09

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.-- For the first time in program history, the CUA women's soccer team (3-0) defeated a top 25 nationally ranked team Sunday as the Cardinals grabbed a 1-0 win over No. 12 Virginia Wesleyan (2-1).

CUA's Mary McGann intercepted a ball near midfield in the first minute of the second half and with a burst of speed took it into the box.  Virginia Wesleyan's defender fouled McGann hard and the referee immediately signaled for a penalty kick.  Diana Spadaro placed the ball on the penalty dot and calmly put the ball past the Wesleyan keeper for the games only tally.

Tere Rossi needed only three saves on the day to earn the shutout as Virginia Wesleyan outshot the Cardinals 14-7, but only threatened on three of those shots.

CUA will return to action next weekend when the Cardinals welcome three teams to the CUA Soccer Fields for the DC Classic Tournament hosted by The Catholic University of America.  The tournament will open with Marymount University taking on Rutgets-Camden at 12:30 p.m. before the Cardinals face off against Gwynedd-Mercy at 3 p.m. on Saturday.  The teams will remain in the District for Sunday as Marymount will again play at 12:30 p.m., this time against Gwynedd-Mercy. CUA will take on Rutgers-Camden at 3 p.m. to close out the tournament.

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