WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University men's soccer team earned its first victory of the 2019 season in a 2-0 win over the Lycoming Warriors on Saturday evening in the final match of the Turk Emekli D.C. Classic. The sophomore duo of Andrew Morris and CJ Ballard both found the back of the net to put the Cardinals on top.
Catholic (1-1) controlled much of the possession in the first half and outshot the Warriors 6-2 but could not break the scoreless draw early on.
The deadlock was broken after Bradley Pierro struck a ball well outside the box that was parried by the goalkeeper. Morris reacted first and pounced on the rebound and drove home the first goal of the game. The tally is his first career goal in five total matches played for the Cardinals.
The hosts went into the halftime period with the 1-0 advantage.
Lycoming responded with six shots in the second forty-five minutes of play, but Catholic resisted and found the important insurance goal in the 71st minute. Pierro was again involved in the build-up, this time as the corner kick taker.
Pierro crossed the ball from the corner into the middle of the penalty area where Ballard headed home to put the Cardinals up 2-0. The 5-7 midfielder emerged from the corner scrap and directed the header towards goal and doubled the lead.
Sophomore midfielder Darius Siahpoosh impressed in his first career start for the Cardinals with one shot in 74 minutes of action. Defenders Mike Narzikul, Nick Battaglia, and Mitch Ford all played 75+ minutes to help preserve the clean sheet win.
Junior goalkeeper Jack Long made four saves in the shutout to pick up his first win of the season. Long played in eight clean sheet efforts last year in net for the Cardinals.
Catholic heads to Long Island next weekend for the SJC Invitational. The Cardinals take on St. Joseph's at noon on Saturday, September 7.