No. 18 CUA falls to nation's top-ranked team

No. 18 CUA falls to nation's top-ranked team

WASHINGTON – No. 18 CUA had its hands full with the nation’s No. 1 ranked team on Wednesday, falling to Trinity 20-2 inside Cardinal Stadium. The Bantams scored the first five goals of the game and jumped out to a 12-1 halftime lead en route to their fourth straight win. Lindsay Brophy and Theresa Ciletti scored goals for CUA.

Following a scoreless five minutes to begin the game, Trinity scored five goals in a span of 3:58 to open up a 5-0 lead on the Cards.

Ciletti got CUA on the board with a goal at the 20:03 mark to pull the Cards within four, but the Bantams came right back with three scores in a span of 2:14 to give the visitors an 8-1 lead with 12:43 to play before the half.

Trinity added four more scores before intermission to open up a 12-1 advantage at the break.

Trinity’s Haley Thompson scored the first goal of the second half 4:44 in to give the Bantams a 12-goal lead.

Brophy netted the Cardinals second goal with 8:17 on the clock, but that was all the offense CUA was able to generate on this day.

Trinity finished with a 36-9 advantage in shots, while CUA won the ground ball battle, 22-20.

Megan Gormley, Adair Douglas and Brophy scooped up three ground balls apiece for the Cards, while Maddy Nowakowski, Katie Miller and Gormley caused two turnovers.

Tricia Pehnke stopped 10 shots in goal for CUA, before giving way to Yasmeen Ajdari for the final 11 minutes.

The Bantams received three saves from starting ‘keeper Olivia Whitney, before Emily Mooney came in and sent back one shot in 30 minutes of work.

The No. 18 Cardinals remain at home for their next game, hosting Washington and Lee on Senior Day on Saturday morning. The opening draw is set for 11:30 a.m. from inside Cardinal Stadium.