Cardinals Fall to Gettysburg in Season Opener

Cardinals Fall to Gettysburg in Season Opener

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University men's soccer team was defeated 3-0 in its season opening match against Gettysburg Friday evening at Carlini Field. The Cardinals hung tough with the Bullets in a scoreless first half, but fell behind to drop their first game in the Turk Emekli D.C. Classic. 

Catholic and Gettysburg played an evenly-matched first half in the first varsity match at Carlini Field to open up the 2019 season. The Cardinals outshot the Bullets 5-4 in the first 45 minutes of play, but could not find a goal to break the scoreless tie.

Midfielders Nelson Zimmerman, Philip Meszaros, and Paul Egan each registered two shots each to lead the team in the contest. 

Junior goalkeeper Jack Long made some key saves to keep the hosts in the match against Gettysburg's quick set of forwards. The junior from Manasquan, N.J. made six saves in the match, including a couple point-blank chances to give Catholic a chance to get back into the contest. 

Gettysburg broke the tie in the 60th minute of the match from a right-wing cross into the box that resulted in the opening goal. The Bullets converted a couple more chances off long-distance through balls to go up 3-0 and finish the win.

Catholic's only attempt on goal in the second half came off the head of senior defender Ryan Kennedy in the 52nd minute. 

The Cardinals take on Lycoming in their second game of the D.C. Classic on Saturday at Carlini Field. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m.