Cardinals cruise past Saints 5-2 in home opener

Cardinals cruise past Saints 5-2 in home opener

WASHINGTON – The Cardinals scored the first three goals of their match vs. Marymount on Tuesday and never looked back, winning 5-2 for their third win of the season.  Mike Brennan led the way offensively with two goals, while Kevin Romano, Alex Sagastume and Chris Larson each tallied one score apiece.

Brennan wasted little time in giving CUA an early 1-0 lead when he scored on a penalty kick just 2:54 into the match.

The very next shot by CUA also found the back of the net when Sagastume took a pass from Earl Hamilton and beat Marymount keeper Juan Aguilar to make it 2-0 Cardinals.

It looked like more of the same on CUA's next shot, which came from Sagastume, but his attempt hit the post, leaving the score at 2-0.

Brennan saw to it that the lead only increased when he scored off a Ben Fernandez feed with 15:14 gone in the opening half.

The Saints finally got on the board in the 33rd minute on an Onar Yousefl goal, and that proved to be the final score of the opening half, sending the teams into intermission with CUA leading 3-1.

Hamilton took the first shot of the second half, but it sailed high.  Two minutes later Brennan tried his hand, but his attempt was also off the mark.  The third time was a charm for the Cardinals though, when Romano scored to put the margin at three.

The Cardinals continued to control the action, taking the next five shots, including one from Larson that found the back of the net for a 5-1 advantage.

CUA held the Saints in check for the remainder of the match, other than a late goal by Wais Ansary, which came with fewer than five minutes to play to set the final margin at 5-2.

CUA ripped off 25 shots on the day, compared to just seven for the visitors, and the Cardinals were credited with four corner kicks to only one by the Saints.

Cam McGrory played all 90 minutes in net for the Cardinals and stopped three shots, while Aguilar sent back seven before giving way to Daniel Keefe, who sent back two attempts in 25 minutes of action.

CUA will be back in action on Thursday afternoon when the Cardinals host Mary Washington at CUA Soccer Field.  Action begins at 4 p.m.