Cardinals Tie Drew in Double Overtime


– The 2006 season finally started for Catholic University Men’s Soccer (0-0-1) Sunday afternoon with a 2-2 double overtime tie with the Drew University Rangers (0-0-1). The game was postponed on Saturday due to heavy rainfall in the area. Freshman forward Matt Brady (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) was a pleasant surprise for the Cardinal faithful scoring both of CUA’s goals.

The Rangers got on the board first with a tap-in by Dan Wehrle in the 31st minute. The Cardinals then got the ball back and attacked in the 38th minute. Freshman defender Chris Barr (Hatboro, Pa./La Salle) crossed the ball from the right side where it was deflected into the goal by Brady for his first point of his CUA career and a 1-1 tie going into half.

Early in the second stanza, Ranger midfielder Matt Bonder took a corner kick, placing it on the far post of the CUA goal. For the second time in the game, Wehrle had the Cardinals’ number heading it in to put Drew up 2-1.

With only ten minutes left to play, it looked as if CUA would drop its first game of the season, but a free kick from 20 yards out gave the Cardinals one more chance. Brady took the shot and blasted the ball past Ranger keeper, David Brigandi, to tie it up and eventually send it into overtime.

The extra period was a defensive battle with neither team even taking a shot. The second saw CUA out shot 2-1, but still no team could find the back of the net resulting in a 2-2 tie.

Cardinal keeper, Bill Frame (Hockessin, Del./Salesianum), did an outstanding job in the net stopping eight balls including five in the second half. Drew had the advantage on offense out shooting the Cardinals 23-8 and taking 15 corner kicks to their one.

CUA returns home on Wednesday Sept. 6 to host Salisbury at 4:00 pm.