Taylor's late goal lifts Cardinals over Eagles in rainy match

Taylor's late goal lifts Cardinals over Eagles in rainy match

WASHINGTON – Joe Taylor scored with less than ten minutes remaining and CUA (4-2) held on for a 2-1 win over Mary Washington (2-3) on a soggy Thursday afternoon at CUA Soccer Field.  Kevin Romano had given the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the first half on a penalty kick, but the Eagles tied the game on David Heller’s score at the 74:33 mark before Taylor’s game-winner.

The match was physical right from the start, with the teams combining for 21 fouls, including 13 on CUA. 

CUA's Hunter Horvath took the first shot of the afternoon 4:13 into the match, but Mary Washington’s Blake Weiss sent the attempt back.  Four minutes later Alex Sagastume tried his luck, but was also denied.

CUA continued to apply pressure with four shots over the course of the next several minutes, and with just under 16 minutes gone by, Romano drilled a penalty kick to put the Cardinals in front 1-0.

The teams combined for only four shots for the remainder of the half, and the score remained 1-0 in favor of the home team.

As the second half wore on the rain began to fall harder and harder, but that did not deter the teams from playing a physical brand of soccer. 

Mary Washington pulled even with a little more than 15 minutes to play when Heller beat CUA keeper Torsten Meuschke and it looked as though this one could head to overtime.

Taylor had other plans though, taking a nice crossing pass from Hamilton and finding the back of the net with fewer than 10 minutes to play.  From there CUA played a bit of keep-away and kept the Eagles off the scoreboard as the Cardinals registered their fourth win of the season.

CUA out shot Mary Washington 21-13 on the day, while both teams were awarded four corner kicks.  Meuschke finished with seven stops in goal and Weiss stopped 12 shots for the visitors.

CUA has the weekend off before returning to the pitch on Monday afternoon when the Cardinals host Rutgers-Camden.  Match time is slated for 4 p.m.