Cardinals and Royals finish in a scoreless draw on Senior Day

Cardinals and Royals finish in a scoreless draw on Senior Day

WASHINGTON – CUA remained on track to earn a Landmark Conference Tournament berth on Saturday, with a 0-0 tie vs. first place Scranton on Senior Day.  The Cardinals and Royals played 110 minutes of soccer, but were unable to decide a winner.  Following the day's action, CUA sits at 2-1-2 in the conference, while the Royals are 3-0-2.

Both teams had their chances on Saturday, with CUA taking 21 shots and Scranton finishing with 17.

The Royals were awarded four of the five corner kicks on the day, while in goal, CUA's Lexi Halperin stopped four shots, and Scranton's Kelsy McAnelly sent back 12.

Scranton took the first two shots of the afternoon, but both attempts were wide.

Just over nine minutes in, Kelly Henderson took CUA's first attempt, but McAnelly was there for the save.

With less than 10 minutes to play in the opening half, CUA's Mary McGann got off a shot, but it went high.  A few minutes later, Tricia Colucci looked to get the Cardinals on the board, but her attempt was also high.

Early in the second half, Scranton's Samatha Russo tried to head in the first goal, but her shot went high.

Back-to-back shots by the Cardinals at the 68-minute mark were both wide, and the match remained scoreless.

A shot by Scranton's Sarah Andrews with less than 15 minutes to play in regulation was stopped by Halperin, and overtime began to look like a possibility.

CUA's final shot of regulation came from Ellen Jansen, but it was saved, while Erin Casey's shot for Scranton at the 87:56 mark sailed wide.

In the first OT, CUA's Regina Zolbrod took the only two shots, but one was saved and the other went wide.

After 10 minutes of scoreless soccer, the teams headed for a second overtime period.

The teams traded shots back-and-forth but were unable to put any goals on the board, leaving them to settle for a draw.

With Saturday's result, CUA has now gone six consecutive matches without a defeat, including all five of its contests in the month of October.

Prior to today's match, CUA honored the 11 members of its senior class, which includes Katie Donatelli, Mary McGann, Devon Flanagan, Courtney Orgill, Regina Zolbrod, Ellen Jansen, Lauren Cadott, Carolyn Girandola, Mara Yanni, Caitlin Conroy and Jackie Jones.

Those 11 Cardinals have helped to lead CUA to 41 victories, two Landmark Conference Tournament appearances, the 2009 conference title and an NCAA Tournament bid during their four years together.

CUA will return to action on Tuesday afternoon when the Cardinals welcome York (Pa.) to town for a 4 p.m. match.

The Cardinals will then travel to Drew on Saturday, October 27 for their final regular season match.  Start time is set for 1 p.m.  The winner of that match will clinch a spot in the upcoming Landmark Conference Tournament.  CUA could also get into the tournament by virtue of numerous tiebreakers that will not be decided until all conference matches have been completed.