WASHINGTON, D.C. - A historic six-goal first half propelled the Catholic University men's soccer team to a 7-0 Landmark Conference victory over the Juniata Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.
The seven-goal win is the Cardinals' largest margin of victory since September 27, 2007, when Catholic defeated Gallaudet 9-0. It is just the second time since 2009 that head Coach Travis Beauchamp's squad has scored at least six goals.
The Cardinals (7-5, 3-1 LC) dominated the first forty-five minutes of play, outshooting the Eagles 14-0. Sophomore Mason Reinhart opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a header thanks to a skillful back hell pass from senior Brian Galfond to the far post.
Reinhart's goal was just the beginning for the Cardinals. Less than a minute later, freshman Paul Egan took a shot from the right that was saved but sophomore Ben Alexander followed with a rebound goal. Then, Egan's cross found junior Andrew Laurenzano who finished with a bouncing shot for another goal just twenty-two seconds later.
Catholic's offensive outburtst resulted in three goals in 73 seconds to take command of the match.
Reinhart got in behind the Juniata defense again and headed home his second goal of the contest in the 23rd minute. Just over a minute later, senior Jake Nabbie took a couple touches on the right side of the box and curled a beautiful shot just under the far post with his left foot.
Senior Tyler Martin scored a goal he won't soon forget to put Catholic up 6-0 in the 40th minute. After a foul near the corner kick flag on the left side of the pitch, Martin stepped up and bent a shot that flew past everyone into the far right netting. The Cardinals carried the six-goal advantage into the halftime break.
The freshman trio of CJ Ballard, Adam Melendez, and Andrew Morris teamed up for an impressive seventh goal in the 68th minute. Morris sent a ball forward to Melendez breaking on the right wing, and Melendez centered the ball with a nicely-weighted pass into the box where Ballard got his foot to the cross just before the keeper could make a save for a goal.
The home side won the match battle in shots 22-8. Ballard's finish made him the sixth different goalscorer in the contest, and the team's eleventh goalscorer this season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jack Long played 65 minutes in goal for the Cardinals to earn his seventh victory of the season. Freshmen goalies Tannor Portland and Patrick Corpus each got time in between the posts as well, making one save each.
The victory is Catholic's best result against a Landmark opponent since joining the league in 2007. In their last three matches against Juniata, the Cardinals have outscored their opponent 16-1.
The Cardinals have another Landmark matchup in their next contest on Wednesday, October 17 at 7 p.m. at Goucher College.
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