Cardinals drop 2-1 decision to Alvernia in Reading, Pa.

READING, Pa. – CUA dropped its second straight match on Saturday afternoon, falling to Alvernia 2-1 on the road.  After falling behind 1-0, CUA’s Kate Masson tied the game seven minutes before halftime, but the Crusaders’ Kristen Eckert scored the eventual game-winner midway through the second half.

CUA recorded the first three shots of the match, one by Courtney Orgill that was saved, one by Caitlin Brett that went wide and one by Mary McGann that also went wide.

For 15 minutes during one stretch in the opening half, neither team was able to get off a shot.  That changed at the 35:36 mark however, when Karli Nestor found the back of the net to put Alvernia in front 1-0.

The Crusaders lead was short lived though, as Masson took a feed from Noelle Arcomano and tied things at one with her second score of the season less than three minutes later.

CUA had three more shots in the half, all of which came in the final five minutes, but one went wide and the others were saved, keeping the score tied at intermission.

The first shot of the second half was not taken until nearly 20 minutes in, when Alvernia’s Kelsey Gill unleashed an attempt that sailed high.

Both defenses were on top of their games, as the teams combined for only seven shots in the second half, including just two by the Cardinals.

Eckert broke the 1-1 tie in the 74th minute when she scored on a direct kick to give the home team a 2-1 advantage.

CUA’s final shot of the afternoon came from Lauren Cadott in the 80th minute, but it was off the mark and the Crusaders were able to hold on for the victory.

CUA was credited with nine shots in the match, while Alvernia totaled seven.  The teams combined for only five corner kicks, with CUA taking three of them. 

Christina Cassidy made three saves for the red and black, while Crusaders keeper Colleen Maher sent back three shots of her own.

CUA returns to action on Wednesday, September 21 when the Cardinals play host to Stevenson.  Match time is slated for 4:30 p.m.

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