WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University women's soccer team ran away with its first Landmark Conference win Saturday afternoon in a 4-0 victory over Drew at Carlini Field.
The Cardinals (5-5-2, 1-1 LC) scored three second-half goals to earn its biggest win of the season. Senior defender Mackenzie Earley got the Cards started with a goal in the first haff, and then junior midfielder Maggie Moorcones led the team with two goals of her own.
The hosts outshot the Rangers 22-16 in the match but could not find a goal in the first 30 minutes. Moorcones came the closest with a rocket from distance off the crossbar that bounced down and just stayed out.
Just over a minute later, Moorcones crossed a corner kick into the box that bounced around and was headed home by Earley. The senior defender's 31st minute tally shifted the match's momentum and marked the first of her career in 50 games as a central defender.
The Cardinals held the 1-0 advantage at the halftime intermission.
Shortly into the second half, Catholic doubled its lead thanks to a goal from Krista Boretti. Freshman forward Elizabeth Gorman made a nice cross into the box where Boretti collected and shot with her left foot after a couple dribbles for a 52nd minute goal.
Gorman created another chance minutes later when she was taken down in the box for a penalty kick opportunity. Moorconess stepped up to the spot and drilled it past the keeper for a third Catholic goal.
In the 67th minute, Meghan Corso's cross found Moorcones for a header that was saved, but the junior tapped in her own rebound to extend the lead to 4-0.
Moorcones now leads the team with four goals and eight total points on the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Marykate Stack got her first start and first win of the season in the shutout victory. Stack made four saves to earn the clean sheet.
The Cardinals continue with Landmark play next weekend for a home match against Susquehanna on Saturday, October 12. Kickoff at Carlini Field is set for 4 p.m.