Women’s Soccer Earns Spot in Championship Followinging Win Against Susquehanna
Alexis Carlucci, Tower Staff
November 3, 2011
Filed under Sports
The Catholic University women’s soccer team narrowly defeated the Susquehanna University Crusaders 3-2 during the Landmark Post Season Semifinals at the Dufour Center on November 2nd. For the third time in four years, the Cardinals will play in the Landmark Conference championship game. Overall the Cardinals are 12-6 on the season, and 5-1 in the Landmark Conference.
Catholic scorers were senior forward Caroline Burke with one goal, senior midfielder Caitlin Brett with one goal, and junior midfielder Lauren Cadott with one goal. They were assisted by senior defender Erin Saia, junior midfielder Mary McGann, and junior forward Courtney Orgill. Senior goalkeeper Christina Cassidy had four saves on the day.
Orgill, Brett, and Burke are the top offensive leaders for the Cardinals this season. Orgill, who is the Cardinals biggest offensive contributor, has totaled 21 offensive points so far this season with 10 goals and one assist. Brett has 13 offensive points this season with five goals and three assists. Burke comes directly behind Brett with 11 total offensive points, five goals and one assist. Cassidy has also had a standout season with 50 saves and six shutouts total.
McGann was honored this week as the Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Week, announced on Monday. During the previous week, McGann totaled four offensive points in two games, including the game winning goal in the Drew University game that ended 1-0. She also had a pair of assists in the Hood University match, totaling out four offensive points. McGann has seven total offensive points this season.
The Cardinals dominated the Crusaders in the shots by period and corner kicks categories. Catholic had 29 total shots by period, which more than doubled Susquehanna’s 11 total shots by period. The Cardinals also had six total corner kicks in the game, whereas the Crusaders only had one.
The Cardinals were amped up and ready to strike early in the match. Cadott scored the first CUA goal eight minutes in, bringing the score to 1-0 with the Cardinals on top. CUA continued to dominate the field, scoring a Brett goal at the 19 minute mark of the first half, bringing the score to 2-0.
After half time the Cardinals continued to put offensive pressure on the Crusaders. Burke scored the third CUA goal two minutes into the second period, bringing the score to 3-0. For most of the second period the Cardinals continued to have strong defense, but towards the end of the game the Crusaders began to put pressure on the Cards, scoring two goals halfway through the period. The Crusaders came close to tying up the game, but the Cardinals’ defense remained resilient and saved the win.
The Cardinals will play the championship match against the University of Scranton Royals on their home turf. The game will take place on November 5th at 1pm.
Scranton’s offensive led by sophomore forward Samantha Russo, who has 20 offensive points on the season, including eight goals. She is followed by junior midfielder Sarah Gibbons, who has 16 offensive points on the season including seven goals.
Goalkeeper Kelsey McAnelly has eight shutouts this season, and has 27 saves. Scranton is 12-3-3 on the season, and 6-0 in the Landmark Conference. The match against Scranton should be tough, but the Cardinals look to contend with the Royals.