CUA Flattens Ferrum 6-0

CUA Flattens Ferrum 6-0


CUA Flattens Ferrum 6-0
Even scoring propels CUA to victory


WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's soccer team (2-1) handily defeated the Ferrum College Panthers (1-2) Saturday afternoon in the first game of the 2007 D.C. Classic.  The tournament is CUA's bi-annual event that goes on for two days in the fall and features four area squads.  CUA shut out Ferrum 6-0 in the first game of the day utilizing a balanced attack that had six players scoring.

The first goal of the afternoon was a family connection as Michelle Spadaro (Stony Point, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) crossed the ball from the right side to her twin sister Diana (Stony Point, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) who was waiting by the left post to make it 1-0.  Twenty minutes later Ashley Dodd (Weymouth, Mass./Notre Dame) dribbled down the left side off of a ball from Diana Napolitano (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Immaculate Heart) to make the score 2-0 which would stand until the break.

In the second half, Napolitano found the back of the net slicing the ball through the middle of the box, freshman Kelly Donnelly (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) was credited with the assist.  As the half went by the goals continued to come as the Cards controlled the ball almost the entire game.  Suzie Peters (Nanuet, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) scored from the middle of the box on a straight shot past the keeper and Donnelly also netted a goal of her own as Diana Spadaro made the pass.  Finally in the 82nd minute Elyse Bellardini (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley) hit a strong shot into the net to make the score 6-0 which would be the final.

The Cardinals boasted a huge advantage in almost every statistical category.  They outshot Ferrum 31-3 and had six corner kicks while allowing the Panthers non.  CUA keeper Amanda Cowan (Middle River, Md./Sparrows Point) picked up the win with three saves on the day and Katie Hodkinson was credited with the loss despite her 12 saves. 

The Cards will return to the pitch on Sunday where they will play Roanoke at 2:45 p.m., in the final game of the tournament.