Cardinals rally past Rutgers-Camden for 3-2 win in overtime

Cardinals rally past Rutgers-Camden for 3-2 win in overtime

WASHINGTON – Trailing Rutgers-Camden 2-1 late in regulation on Thursday, CUA scored in the 88th minute to force overtime, and the Cardinals finished things off with another goal in the extra session to earn a 3-2 win.  Regina Zolbrod netted the game-tying score and then assisted on the winner for the Cardinals. 

Down to the final two minutes of regulation, the Cardinals dug deep and refused to lose, with Zolbrod taking a feed from Mary McGann and finding the back of the net at the 87:14 mark to tie things at two.

CUA then controlled the action throughout overtime, outshooting the Scarlet Raptors 12-1 in the two overtime periods.

Following a scoreless 10 minutes of soccer in the first OT session, CUA continued to attack, and was eventually rewarded for its aggressiveness, when Zolbrod fed Kaylre Greaves at the 105:19 mark for the game-winner.

CUA finished with a commanding 38-8 advantage in shots, never allowing Rutgers-Camden to take more than four shots in any of the periods.

The Cardinals were also awarded eight of the match's ten corner kicks, including the only one of overtime.

Freshman Lexi Halperin picked up the win in goal for the Cardinals, sending back two shots, while Lauren West stopped an impressive 17 shots for the visitors.

21 minutes into the match, Rutgers-Camden jumped in front 1-0 when Dawn Dixon scored.

The score remained that way for the next 18 minutes until CUA's Ellen Jansen tied things at one with her first goal of 2012.

Early in the second half, the Scarlet Raptors regained the lead when Dixon netted her second goal of the day off of a feed from Rachel Sindoni.

CUA never let up though, and continued to create chances for itself on the offensive end. 

The Cardinals perseverance paid off down the stretch when Zolbrod netted her first score of the season, sending CUA's bench jumping for joy, and the match into overtime.

Thursday's win was the 99th for CUA Head Coach JP Sousa, who is in his ninth season on the Cardinals sideline.

CUA is now off until Wednesday, October 10 when the Cardinals make the short trek to take on Trinity (D.C.).  Start time is set for 4 p.m.