No. 10 Cardinals Stay Perfect in Landmark With Win at Juniata

No. 10 Cardinals Stay Perfect in Landmark With Win at Juniata

HUNTINGDON, Pa. - The Catholic University men's soccer team picked up a Landmark Conference win on the road Saturday afternoon in a 2-0 victory over Juniata.

A first half goal from Darius Siahpoosh gave the Cardinals (13-2-1, 4-0 LC) an early lead and a penalty kick goal from Bradley Pierro put the match away for the visitors at Gibbel Field. 

The Cards outshot the Eagles 22-5, including 13-2 in the first half, and did not allow a single corner kick in the contest. 

Siahpoosh scored the game's first goal in the 23rd minute. The sophomore midfielder got around a defender on the endline and his effort on goal snuck under the bar from a tight angle into the net, giving Catholic a 1-0 lead.  

Siahpoosh now has eight goals and six assists totaling 22 points in his first season with the Cardinals.

Sophomores Paul Egan and Ben Alexander led with five shots each in the match. 

With a 1-0 lead, the Cardinals looked for an insurance goal in the second half to put the game away. The chance came with just minutes to play as a Cardinal attacker was brought down in the box resulting in a penalty kick opportunity. 

Pierro stepped up the spot as usual and buried his fourth PK goal of the season to double Catholic's lead in the 87th minute. 

Junior goalkeeper Jack Long made two saves in the second half to earn his ninth shutout of the season, a conference best. The Cards' resilient backline consisting of Mike Narzikul, Mitch Ford, Ryan Kennedy, and Nick Battaglia all played a full 90 minutes to help preserve the clean sheet. 

Now 4-0 in the conference, the Cardinals sit on top of the Landmark as the lone undefeated team left. Scranton topped Elizabethtown to make both the squads 3-1 in Landmark play behind Catholic. 

Up next for Catholic is a home conference contest against Goucher on Wednesday, October 23. Kickoff at Carlini Field is set for 7 p.m.