WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two goals in a three minute span lifted the Catholic University men's soccer team to victory Saturday afternoon over Scranton in the first Landmark Conference action of the season.
Senior forward Brian Galfond opened the scoring for the Cardinals (4-2) in the 28th minute from a Mike Narzikul assist. Sophomore Ben Alexander held up play well, and looped a through ball to Narzikul on the right wing. Galfond cut into the middle of the box and finished Narzikul's low cross with a left-foot strike.
Three minutes later, the Cards won a loose ball and it came to the feet of junior Bradley Pierro. From just over twenty-five yards out, Pierro launched a shot that sailed over the goalkeeper's hands and into the net to put Catholic up 2-0. Scranton (2-3-2) answered just twelve seconds later with a goal to cut the lead in half.
The Cardinals outshot Scranton 12-2 in the first half, controlling most of the posession.
The Cards' backline defenders Nick Battaglia, Mitch Ford, and Narzikul all played more than eighty minutes to limit the Royals to just two shots on goal in the match. The 2-1 advantage held for the entire second half. Sophomore goalkeeper Jack Long moved to 4-2 on the season with the win.
Catholic outshot Scranton 20-6 and created eight corner kick opportunities to the Royals' three. Each team had sixteen fouls in a physical conference match.
Up next for the head Coach Travis Beauchamp's team is a home match against Salisbury on Wednesday, September 26 at 4 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.
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