Cardinals keep things rolling, shut out St. Mary's 1-0

Cardinals keep things rolling, shut out St. Mary's 1-0

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – A Mary Swarthout goal in the 34th minute proved to be all that No. 14 CUA needed in downing St. Mary's 1-0 on Monday afternoon.  The Cardinals limited the Seahawks to only four shots on the day, each of which was stopped by CUA's defense.  With their sixth straight win, the Cardinals improve to 10-1.

CUA had an early scoring chance when it was awarded a penalty corner just 1:38 into the contest, but Maura Campbell's shot was blocked after the ball was inserted.

Two minutes later Tracey Scanlon looked to give the Cardinals the lead, but Anastasia Wash saved the shot.

Swarthout's attempt with 6:33 gone was blocked, while Campbell's try 30 seconds later was saved, keeping the game scoreless.

St. Mary's first shot of the day came at the 11:55 mark following a penalty corner, but Samantha Locke's attempt was sent back by CUA's Alison Dillard.

Several minutes later Locke turned the tables on CUA, making a defensive save on Colleen Harwood's shot.  Harwood tried again at the 15:58 mark, but Wash once again made the stop.

A penalty corner by Hermann at the 29:09 mark led to a shot by Scanlon, but Wash sent it back and it looked as though the teams would head to halftime with no goals on the scoreboard.

That changed in the final two minutes however, when Scanlon fed Swarthout for her seventh goal of the season and the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead into intermission.

In the second half, Megan Comunale took over in goal for CUA, but the result remained the same as the Cardinals kept the Seahawks out of the cage. 

Two shots by St. Mary's in a span of 51 seconds were both sent back by CUA's new keeper, and with less than three minutes to play Daniella Hanacek looked for the equalizer for the home team, but Campbell made a huge defensive save to preserve the shutout.

CUA wound up with an 11-4 advantage in shots and a commanding 12-3 lead in penalty corners.

Comunale totaled two saves for the Cardinals, Dillard finished with one and Campbell sent back the other shot with her defensive save. For the Seahawks, Wash totaled five shots on the day.

CUA has now shut out six opponents this year, including five of its last six.  The Cardinals are holding teams to 0.70 goals per game.

CUA is back in action on Saturday when the Cardinals head to Huntingdon, Pa. to face Juniata in a huge Landmark Conference showdown.  The two teams sit tied atop the conference standings with identical 3-0 marks.  Start time is set for 1 p.m.