CUA hangs tough with No. 9 Messiah before falling 1-0

WASHINGTON – CUA hung tough all afternoon long with No. 9 Messiah, but an early Falcons goal turned out to be the difference in a 1-0 decision on Saturday.  Jack Thompson netted the only goal of the day just 3:31 into the match to help Messiah improve to 5-0-1.  CUA falls to 3-3 following the setback.

Right out of the gate, Messiah was awarded a free kick and took advantage, as Thompson took a feed from Brian Ramirez and blasted a shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 Falcons lead.

That wound up being the lone goal of the day, but both teams had their chances throughout.

Hunter Horvath took CUA's first shot of the afternoon at the 17:04 mark, but it sailed wide.

Around the 27-minute mark, Messiah was able to get off two consecutive shots, but Jeremy Payne's was blocked and Mike Kovach's was wide.

With less than ten minutes to play in the half, Chris Larson looked for the equalizer for CUA, but Brandon West was there for the save.

Joshua Wood then took the final two shots of the half for Messiah, but Torsten Meuschke sent the first one back and the second went wide.

Early in the second, Payne got off a shot that hit the post, keeping the score 1-0.

At the 60:18 mark, Ian Smith unleashed a shot for CUA, but it was high.

Both teams played tight defense throughout most of the second half, limiting the offensive opportunities on both sides.

Wood looked to make it 2-0 Falcons with a shot at the 71:58 mark, but Meuschke sent it back.

At the 77:13 mark, freshman Nico Bartolomeo took a shot for the Cardinals that sailed wide as time continued to tick away.

Smith was awarded a corner kick at the 82:37 mark, but the Cards were unable to get off a shot.

With less than two minutes to play, Smith took CUA's final shot, but it was high, giving Messiah a hard-fought victory.

The Falcons outshot the Cardinals 20-5, but only seven of Messiah's shots were on goal.  CUA was awarded three corner kicks on the day, while Messiah finished with five.

Meuschke had a strong performance in net for the Cardinals, stopping six shots, and West sent back one shot.

The Cardinals return to the pitch on Tuesday afternoon when they hit the road to face St. Mary's.  Start time is slated for 4 p.m.