Cardinals Hold Off Marlins In Home Opener

Cardinals Hold Off Marlins In Home Opener

Cardinals Hold Off Marlins In Home Opener

Two goals early in the first half propel CUA over Virginia Wesleyan

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 2, 2006) - On a rainy Saturday, Catholic University field hockey played the inaugural game on the university's new turf field.  The result bodes well for the future with a 2-0 win over the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins.  Despite the rain and a shaky offense in the second half, the Cardinals came out on top using tough defense to stop every VWU attack.

CUA came out firing taking half of its six shots in the game during the first four minutes.  On the third attempt, senior Jayme Dinsmore (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) found the back of the cage off of a pass from classmate Kelly Davies (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) making it 1-0.

Just three minutes later, the Cards struck again when junior Michele Repass (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) notched an unassisted goal right in the middle of the field.  With the ball headed to the goal, VWU keeper Megan Koster laid out to stop it.  Repass took the rebound from her pads and played it back into the cage to make it 2-0, which would be the final. 

The remainder of the game was a defensive clinic for CUA.  Virginia Wesleyan had 13 shots including nine shots on goal, but the Cardinal defense led by keeper Betsy Homan (St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu) stayed strong.  Homan came up with numerous big stops including one near the end of the first half where she batted away a sure goal with her right hand while backpedaling.

CUA ended with six shots and four penalty corners; Homan stopped nine balls.  VWU, on the other hand, took 13 shots and nine penalty corners Koster registered just three saves on the day.

The Cards are at home again on Monday against McDaniel at DuFour Field.  Push back is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.