HARRISONBURG, Va. - Catholic University women's soccer junior Elizabeth Johnson scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals fell at Eastern Mennonite on Tuesday in their third-straight overtime contest, 2-1.
Catholic (4-1-2) suffered its first loss of the season despite outshooting the Royals 29-7 and holding a commanding 16-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Eastern Mennonite (2-2) got on the board quickly with a goal in the third minute, forcing the Cardinals to play catch up early.
Catholic tied the game in the 29th minute when a free kick into the box by sophomore Maggie Moorcones was centered by freshman Julia Palumbo. Johnson did the rest, beating the goalkeeper to give Moorcones and Palumbo their first assists of the season.
The Cardinals were on the front foot for most of the match, but could not find another goal to take the lead. Their closest chance came in the 50th minute, when Sarah Brush's free kick banged off the post to stay out of the goal. The Cards forced Leah Wenger to make nine saves, but the score remained tied at the end of regulation before the Royals scored the game-winner in the 94th minute on a counter attack.
Catholic opens conference play on Saturday when it hosts Scranton at Cardinal Stadium beginning at 4 p.m.
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