Cardinals shut out Goucher 3-0, earn fourth straight win

Cardinals shut out Goucher 3-0, earn fourth straight win

WASHINGTON – Behind a balanced offense and strong defense, CUA won its fourth straight match on Tuesday, downing Goucher 3-0.  The Cardinals pick up an important win in the Landmark Conference as teams continue to jockey for position in the upcoming conference tournament.  A trio of seniors handled the offense for the Cards, with Regina Zolbrod, Lauren Cadott and Ellen Jansen all scoring goals.

The beginning of the match was quiet offensively for both teams, but towards the end of the first half, CUA came alive. 

Kiersten Gault's shot at the 30:44 mark hit off the post, and Mary McGann's shot two minutes later forced Goucher goalkeeper Lexi Rudolph to make a leaping save.

The Cards continued to attack, and with just over five minutes remaining before halftime, Zolbrod took a feed from McGann and beat Rudolph for a 1-0 CUA lead.

CUA remained aggressive following halftime, taking the first 11 shots of the second half, including a beautiful direct kick from Cadott that found the back of the net and gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.

Cadott and Zolbrod are now tied with Kaylre Greaves for the team lead in goals with four this season.

Unsatisfied with their two-goal advantage, CUA kept the pressure on the Gophers, and with a little over 10 minutes to play, Jansen sealed the win with her second score of 2012.

CUA finished with 23 shots on the day, to only 10 for the Gophers, and the Cardinals were awarded all four corner kicks in the match.

Defensively, the Cardinals did a terrific job all afternoon, limiting Goucher to just four shots after halftime and minimal offensive chances for the entire match.

Goucher's Sherlanda Buskey, who came into the match leading the Landmark Conference in shots, points and goals, was a complete non-factor, as the CUA defense held her without a single shot for the entire 90 minutes.

In goal for the Cards, freshman Lexi Halperin earned her third shutout of the season with six saves, while Rudolph stopped eight shots for the visitors.

CUA is back in action on Saturday afternoon when the Cardinals host Scranton on Senior Day.  Start time is set for 1 p.m. from CUA Soccer Field.