Strong defense, balanced offense lead CUA to win in home opener

Strong defense, balanced offense lead CUA to win in home opener

WASHINGTON – Four different Cardinals scored, Megan Comunale stopped six shots, including a penalty stroke, and No. 11 CUA remained unbeaten with a 4-0 defeat of Elizabethtown on Saturday.  Taylor Elliott, Tarah Portland, Hayley Wright and Colleen Harwood scored goals for CUA.

During the early going, CUA was awarded a penalty corner and worked the ball around to Harwood, but her shot was wide.

Around the 10-minute mark, Kim Hermann got off a shot, but Lindy Hamp was there for the save.

One minute later, Maura Campbell fed Elliott for the game's first goal and a 1-0 CUA lead.

Back-to-back shots by Elizabethtown around the 15:30 mark were both sent back by Comunale, preserving the shutout.

30 minutes into the half, Portland upped CUA's lead to 2-0 with her first collegiate goal.

Just before the half, Elliott got another CUA shot off, but Hamp was there for the stop.

Shots by Rebecca Lukaszczyk and Katie Bertrand around the 40-minute mark were both saved by Hamp, keeping the Cards' lead at two.

At the 43:21 mark, Harwood fed Wright for the Cardinals third goal of the afternoon, and two minutes later, Harwood put the game out of reach with a goal of her own.

52 minutes into the game, Elizabethtown was awarded a penalty stroke, but Comunale was more than up to the challenge, making a diving stop on Nadine Yunginger's attempt to keep the Blue Jays off the scoreboard.

CUA doubled up Elizabethtown in shots, taking 20 to the Blue Jays' 10, and the Cardinals finished with a 10-8 advantage in penalty corners.

Comunale tallied six saves, including the penalty stroke stop, while Hamp turned back nine CUA shots.

The Cardinals return to action on Tuesday, September 11 when they travel to Pennsylvania to face Gettysburg.  Start time is set for 4:30 p.m.