September 21, 2011

CUA falls to Mustangs in final tune-up before league play starts

WASHINGTON – CUA had its hands full with Stevenson on Wednesday, falling to the Mustangs 5-1 at CUA Soccer Field.  Stevenson scored twice in the first half and added three more goals in the second to improve to 4-3-1 on the year.  Courtney Orgill scored the Cardinals lone goal as CUA falls to 3-4 following the setback.

Stevenson controlled the action early on, taking the first six shots of the match, including one from Stephanie Eyler at the 13:46 mark that found the back of the net for a 1-0 Mustangs lead.

Kate Masson took the Cardinals first shot at the 16:22 mark, but Brittany Ross made the save for Stevenson.

Orgill tried her luck with 23 minutes gone, but Ross again made the stop, while Masson's shot nine minutes later was also sent back.

Stevenson increased its lead to 2-0 at the 41:09 mark when CUA scored an own goal, and that wound up being the final score of the opening 45 minutes.

CUA's Caitlin Brett ripped a shot just 41 seconds into the second stanza, but Ross once again was up to the challenge.

Mary McGann looked to get the Cardinals on the board with her attempt at the 56:55 mark, but Ross knocked the shot away, setting up a CUA corner kick.

CUA continued to attack, with McGann taking another shot at the 60:27 mark, but it hit the post and the Mustangs continued to lead.

Mackenzie Calhoun made it a 3-0 contest when she scored at the 64:49 mark but less than two minutes later Orgill struck for the Cardinals to cut it to a two-goal game.

With over 68 minutes gone Eyler struck again to make it 4-1 and Meghan Williams put the game out of reach with her score at the 80:37 mark.

Stevenson outshot the Cardinals 28-14 on the day, while CUA was awarded seven corner kicks and Stevenson five.

Yasmeen Ajdari, in her first-ever start for the Cardinals, made 13 saves in goal, while Ross sent back eight shots in her 90 minutes of action.

The Cardinals are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they open their 2011 Landmark Conference schedule vs. Moravian at home.  Match time is slated for 3:30 p.m. and follows the CUA men's contest vs. Moravian earlier that afternoon.

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