CUA falls to No. 16 Susquehanna 1-0

CUA falls to No. 16 Susquehanna 1-0

WASHINGTON – The Cardinals (6-4, 1-1) suffered their first conference loss of 2012 on Saturday, dropping a tough 1-0 decision to No. 16 Susquehanna.  Patrick Fry netted the game-winner for the Crusaders in the 26th minute to help the Crusaders improve to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in the Landmark Conference.

CUA took the first two shots of the afternoon, which were both high, while Susquehanna made the most of its first attempt, with Fry taking a feed from David Trank and finding the back of the net for a 1-0 Crusaders lead.

A shot by Susquehanna's Andrew Hayes at the 27:42 mark was saved by Torsten Meuschke and Trank's shot two minutes later was high.

CUA was awarded a corner kick with six minutes to play until halftime, but the Cardinals were unable to get off a shot.

Early in the second, Mike Brennan took a shot for CUA, but his attempt went wide.

Hunter Horvath looked to get CUA on the board at the 66:20 mark, but Matt Salsman made the save for Susquehanna.

Both teams played strong defense all afternoon long, with CUA unable to get off another shot until the 85:47 mark.  Ethan DaPonte's attempt was stopped by Salsman though, and Susquehanna was able to hang on for the win.

The two teams combined to take only 12 shots on the day, with the Crusaders holding a slim 7-5 lead.  Susquehanna was also awarded two of the match's three corner kicks.

Meuschke sent back four shots for the Cardinals, while Salsman finished with two saves.

CUA is back in action on Wednesday afternoon when the Cardinals play host to Washington College.  Start time is set for 4 p.m.