WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's soccer team earned its first win of the 2018 season in a 2-0 triumph over Baruch College Saturday afternoon.
Senior midfielder Brian Galfond scored twice to propel the Cardinals to victory in the final match of the "Turk" Emekli D.C. Classic tournament.
The Cards got out on the front foot early, threatening the Bearcats' goalkeeper on multiple occasions. Sophomore forward Ben Alexander got on the end of a cross and scored what looked to be the game's opening goal until it was called back for offsides.
Catholic broke through in the 11th minute when senior midfielder Jake Nabbie sent a corner kick cross into the box that found Galfond. Galfond directed his header into the right corner to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
A Baruch red card in the 61st minute allowed the Cards to retain more possession and look for an important second goal. The chance came in the final minute of the contest, when Galfond nabbed the Bearcats' clearance with the goalie out of position. From about 30 yards from goal, the Gaithersburg, Md. native took a touch to collect himself and launched a shot into the back of the net.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jack Long earned his first career win in the 2-0 effort, making five saves during the match. Central defenders Nick Battaglia and Mitch Ford played all 90 minutes to preserve the clean sheet. The Cards outshot the Bearcats 15-10 in the afternoon action.
Catholic returns to action Friday, September 7 at Buffalo State for a 1 p.m. match.
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