Orgill's early goal proves to be enough for CUA in 1-0 win
WASHINGTON – A Courtney Orgill goal in the ninth minute proved to be all that CUA needed in downing Juniata 1-0 inside Cardinal Stadium on Saturday. The Cardinals defense once again had a good day, limiting the Eagles to only six shots, including just one in the opening half. With the win, the Cardinals remain unbeaten in the Landmark Conference at 3-0.
Erin Saia took the first shot of the match just 4:15 in, but Gabriella Ricciardi stepped up to make the save for Juniata.
Four minutes later, Orgill put the Cardinals in front with her eighth goal of the season. The score came on a shot taken from the left side that sailed over Ricciardi's head and into the back of the net.
Despite owning the early lead, CUA remained aggressive and tried to add to the 1-0 advantage.
The Cardinals took the next seven shots, but three were saved and the other four were off the mark.
Juniata was held without a shot until Alicia Snyder got one off at the 37:27 mark, but Christina Cassidy was there to make the save for CUA.
CUA took three more shots in the closing minutes of the half, but none found the back of the net.
Early in the second, Caroline Burke and Orgill got off back-to-back shots for CUA, but Ricciardi stopped both.
A shot by Juniata's Paula Pryor at the 61:15 mark was sent back by Cassidy, as were shots at the 65:57 and 68:04 marks.
The shots continued to come for CUA, including one from Mary McGann at the 79:29 mark, but the Cardinals just couldn't add to their lead.
That wound up not mattering in the end though, as the CUA defense was more than up to the challenge and kept Juniata off the scoreboard for the Cardinals sixth shutout of the season.
The Cardinals outshot the Eagles 24-6 on the afternoon and were awarded six more corners than their counterparts (7-1).
Cassidy finished with four saves for the home team, while Ricciardi sent back 14 CUA shots.
The Cardinals return to action on Wednesday evening when they travel to take on conference rival Goucher. Start time is slated for 7 p.m.