October 29, 2011

CUA downs Rangers 1-0 on Senior Day to close regular season

WASHINGTON – CUA celebrated Senior Day on Saturday by downing Drew 1-0 on a snowy, cold afternoon.  The Cardinals received a Mary McGann goal in the 63rd minute and the defense did the rest in lifting CUA to its 11th win of the season.  Drew falls to 8-10 overall following the setback.

CUA's win on Saturday was its first over Drew in Landmark Conference play and the Cardinals five conference victories are their most since joining the conference prior to the 2007 season.

With freezing rain mixing with snow at the start of the match, both teams knew it was going to be a challenge to play, but that didn't stop CUA from dominating the match at both ends. 

The Cardinals outshot the Rangers 21-4, including an 11-0 margin in the second half.  CUA also had 10 of the 14 corner kicks awarded on the afternoon.

Just a minute into the match, CUA's Courtney Orgill was awarded a corner kick and Caitlin Brett worked her way free for a shot, but Agata Dera made the save for the Rangers.

The shots continued to come for CUA, four in a span of less than two minutes, but the Cardinals were unable to get on the board.

A Drew shot by Christine Meconi at the 28-minute mark was sent back by CUA's Christina Cassidy, while Orgill's attempt down the other end was also saved.

In the final five minutes CUA had a pair of chances, but Regina Zolbrod's shot was blocked and Brett's went wide.

Early in the second McGann got off a shot, but it went wide.  Orgill's try less than a minute later was stopped, keeping the match scoreless.

At the 62:17 mark McGann took a nice feed from Ellen Jansen and booted a great shot into the lower right corner of the net for a 1-0 CUA lead.

With the snow really starting to come down and visibility decreasing, that one score held up for the remainder of the match.

The Cardinals defense was excellent all afternoon, limiting Drew to zero shots in the second half. 

Cassidy finished with one save for CUA, while Dera sent back eight Cardinal shots.

Prior to the match, CUA honored its five-member senior class, including Caitlin Brett, Caroline Burke, Christina Cassidy, Maggie McCarthy and Erin Saia. That quintet has led the Cardinals to 44 wins, three Landmark Conference Tournament appearances, one NCAA Tournament bid and the 2009 Landmark Conference championship during their time together in the red and black.

CUA now enters the Landmark Conference Tournament as the No. 2 seed.  The Cardinals will host a semifinal match on Wednesday, November 2 at CUA Soccer Field at a time yet to be determined.  CUA will not now its first round opponent until Sunday following the postponement of several conference matches due to the weather.

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