CUA Blanks Shenandoah

CUA Blanks Shenandoah

CUA Blanks Shenandoah

Daniel Clifford scores two goal for the Cards

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 12, 2006) - Catholic University men's soccer (1-2-1, 0-1 CAC) took a step in the right direction Tuesday afternoon with a 4-0 win over the Shenandoah Hornets (0-5-0, 0-0 ODAC).  The incredibly physical game featured six penalties including two red card ejections but at the final whistle, the Cardinals came out with their first win of the season.

Senior Daniel Clifford (Marlton, N.J./Holy Cross) began the scoring in the 30th minute with header to capture his first goal of 2006.  The shot came off of a free kick on the right side to defender Robbie O'Brien (Long Reach).  The Columbia, Md., native headed the ball directly to Clifford waiting near the left post who found the back of the net to make it 1-0.

With a one-goal lead, the Cardinals went into halftime knowing it may not be enough.  Just five minutes into the second half, leading-scorer Matt Brady (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) had to chance to give the Cards some breathing room with a penalty kick.  Brady connected to go up 2-0.

Clifford scored his second goal at 57:04 off of a David Hidalgo (Bethesda, Md./St. John's College) cross from the left side.  After Clifford slid the ball in, the game began to get physical.  In the 66th minute one member from both the Hornets and Cardinals were cited with yellow cards.

The cards continued to fly as CUA's Colin Crawford (Berwyn, Pa./Malvern Prep) was cited with a red card for two yellows in the 88th minute.  David Winskill from Shenandoah also received a straight red card in the 89th minute.

The Cardinals were able to continue their dominance despite the physical play.  Erik Wyche (Tabernacle, N.J./Cherokee) scored the final goal off of a penalty kick at 88:41 to make it 4-0.

With both teams notching 10 shots for the day and just a total of five corner kicks taken, it was a slow day in the net.  Starting Cardinal keeper, Joe Schettino (Easton, Conn./Joel Barlow), had three saves and Bill Frame (Hockessin, Del./Salesianum) added two more in the second half.

The Cardinals are back in action on Sept. 17, against Hampden-Sydney at DuFour Field.  Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.