Cardinals Defeat Pioneers in Home Opener, 2-1

Cardinals Defeat Pioneers in Home Opener, 2-1

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America men’s soccer team kicked off its season with a 2-1 victory over Carroll University on Friday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

The Cardinals controlled possession throughout the 90-minute match, taking 23 three shots and gave up just three. 

Sophomore Bradley Pierro scored the Cardinals’ season-opening goal in the 20th minute of play when he trapped the ball, after the Pioneers' defense misread the play, and fed it into the net.

The Cardinals got the deciding goal with just over a minute to play in the first half. Rookie Nelson Zimmerman tallied his first career score to ensure the Catholic victory. Zimmerman slotted the ball inside the left post, off a cross from sophomore Mike Narzikul.

Junior Tyler Martin helped lead the offensive attack with four shots and took six corner kick opportunities. Senior Nick Joesten and junior Aaron Boyle each took three shots a piece.

Catholic’s veteran goalkeeper, grad student Zachery Tashjy earned his first win of the season.

Carroll freshman Tate Resch-Gaugher found the back of the net 87th minute to put the Pioneers on the scoreboard.

The Cardinals home-opener was game one of the 2017 “Turk” Emekli D.C. Classic. "Turk" was a standout player and later a standout coach here at Catholic. Emekli was a player-head coach during his sophomore through senior seasons and was named First Team All Mason-Dixon Conference in 1956 and 1957. He led the Cardinals to Mason-Dixon Conference titles in 1956 and 1957 and was inducted in the Catholic Hall of Fame in 1992.

The D.C. Classic continues Saturday, September 2 when Carroll takes on York College of Pennsylvania at 5 p.m. Catholic will finish out the weekend facing York on Sunday, September 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.

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