Written by Student Communications Assistant, Colleen Loftus
WASHINGTON - The sun beat down on The Catholic University of America Cardinals (1-2) on Saturday as they fell to the visiting Washington and Lee Generals (3-0) in a close 2-1 matchup.
Both teams battled continuously for offensive dominance a total of 29 shots, 10 of which came from Catholic.
A dramatic defensive change took place early in the first half. As a handball by senior goalkeeper Torsten Meuschke outside the box brought sophomore Steven Lukas into the game, marking his first appearance of the year for Catholic. Lukas fended off the pressing Generals with five saves, keeping the defense on their toes and movement up the field constant.
The Cards struck first in the second half, as W&L goalkeeper Albert Civitarese was charged with a foul within the General's 18-yard box. Sophomore Miguel Hernandez put Catholic ahead 1-0, as this penalty shot was driven into the high right corner of the goal.
Opportunity continued to knock for the Cardinals, but the team's inability to finish left them stranded, as the Generals pulled ahead. Catholic managed only three corner kicks in 90:00 minutes. Washington & Lee's Zach Colby tied the game at one with a header off of fellow General David Cohen's corner kick, and Cary Carabasi sealed the game for the Generals with a shot off a Jake Roberts' corner kick. Leaving the Cardinals down 2-1.
The Cardinals now hold a 1-2-0 record, and will travel to Mary Washington on Wednesday, September 10 for a 4:00 p.m. game.