Cards Trump Royals 2-1
Sousa becomes winningest coach in program history
SCRANTON, Pa. - The Catholic University women's soccer team (8-1-2, 1-0-1 Landmark) hit a number of milestones Saturday afternoon in Scranton, Pa. The Cards notched their first ever Landmark Conference win with a 2-1 victory over the University of Scranton Royals (4-8-1, 2-1 Landmark). Along the way the squad gave head coach J.P. Sousa a hand in becoming the winningest coach in program history. With the victory he has posted a CUA record 47 wins to put him first on the list.
The Cardinals went ahead early as freshman forward Kelly Donnelly (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) continued her solid rookie campaign with the first goal of the day for CUA. Michelle Spadaro (Stony Point, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) hit a perfect cross from the right sideline into the box where Donnelly nailed it in from 15 yards out to make it 1-0.
In the 28th minute the Royals tied it up thanks to a serve by Jessica Turrin and strong shot by Katie Cordier who managed to get it past CUA keeper Tere Rossi (Annandale, Va./Falls Church). Late in the first half Suzie Peters (Nanuet, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) score what would prove to be the game winner for the Cardinals off of another beautiful cross, this one coming from the left side from Elyse Bellardini. She served it into Peters who was able to tap it in making the halftime score and eventual final 2-1.
The game could have gone either way as the Royals held small 16-14 advantage in shots and also had seven corner kicks to CUA's one. Scranton keeper Jackie Colley had four saves for game while Rossi posted six as well as the win.
Sousa now has a career coaching record of 47-19-6 for a .694 winning percentage at CUA. He passed former coach Scott Racek who competed his tenure at Catholic University with a record of 46-43-5.
The Cardinals were scheduled to have a game at Trinity on Tuesday which has been cancelled so they will have the week off before hosting Drew University in another Landmark Conference doubleheader next Saturday.