October 19, 2011

CUA's defense, Brett's offense take down Goucher 1-0

TOWSON, Md. – CUA grinded out a 1-0 win over Goucher on Wednesday evening to remain undefeated in the Landmark Conference.  On a rainy, windy night, senior Caitlin Brett provided all the offense the Cardinals needed when she blasted in a goal in the 83rd minute to improve CUA to 9-5 overall.

The match featured only 16 combined shots, including 10 by CUA.  The Cardinals limited the Gophers to a single shot in the second half and CUA was also awarded all four corner kicks in that half.

Courtney Orgill took the first shot of the match just over a minute in, and the next attempt would not come until the 13:12 mark.

Brett had a look for CUA in the 38th minute, but Goucher goalie Regan Foy stopped the shot.

The Gophers were whistled for offsides at the 41:30 mark and CUA came back down the other end and got a shot from Maggie McCarthy, but Foy was there for the save.

CUA was awarded more corner kicks than it had shots in the early going of the second, and the Cardinals went nearly 30 minutes before Orgill took a shot that went high.

Later, back-to-back shots by Kate Masson were off the mark, but at the 82:57 mark Brett broke the scoreless tie with a rocket from the top of the penalty box into the back of the net.

The Cardinals defense continued to handle Goucher from there, not allowing the Gophers to get off any shots in the closing minutes to preserve the shutout.

Yasmeen Ajdari got the start in goal for CUA and responded with five saves, before giving way to Christina Cassidy for the final 45 minutes.  For Goucher, Foy stopped five CUA shots.

CUA is back in action on Saturday afternoon when the Cardinals travel to Pennsylvania to take on Scranton, which like CUA is unbeaten in conference play.  The winner will have the inside track towards the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.  The two teams will get things started at 3:30 p.m.

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