WASHINGTON - After a 90-minute battle, The Catholic University of America women’s soccer team fell 2-1 in its midweek contest to Lynchburg College.
The Hornets, who has been ranked in the United Soccer Coaches national poll the past three weeks, got on the scoreboard in the 7th minute and again in the 33rd to take an early 2-0 advantage.
Fighting hard, the Cardinals cut the Hornets lead in half (2-1), with just over five minutes to play in the first half. Catholic freshman Bridget Buckley beat the Hornets’ defense down the right wing. She drew the Lynchburg keeper, Delia LoSapio, off her line and chipped pass to classmate Meghan Corso who one-touched it into the open net.
The Catholic offense put seven of their 10 shots on target throughout the match. Catholic freshman Maggie Moorcones took her chance at the goal at the 35:36 mark, just four minutes before Corso’s score. Moorcones leaped into the air placing a picture-perfect header toward the inside of the left post. LoSapio refused to let it through and made a diving save to punch the ball away.
Full of the determination, the Cardinal efforts continued in the second half. As the clock climbed to 90, sophomore Grace Boras took a chance at the equalizer. Boras got her foot on a through ball in the 83rd minute and dribbled it to the box. She ripped a shot that LoSapio smothered to record her sixth save of the event.
Senior Riley Hawblitzel played a full game on the back line while sophomore Sarah Brush held down the Catholic midfield for 90-minutes. In goal, fellow senior Ally Marcello recorded a season-high seven saves.
The Cardinals return to conference play when they travel to Elizabethtown College on Saturday, October 7, for a 1 p.m., kickoff.
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