SALISBURY, Md. - The Catholic University men's soccer team continued its impressive run of play Wednesday evening with a 3-2 win on the road against the Salisbury Seagulls. Two goals from Paul Egan made the difference in the Cardinals' second straight win.
Catholic (7-1-1) got past a solid mid-atlantic region opponent in Salisbury (5-2-1) to extend its unbeaten streak to eight games. The team allowed its first goal in eight matches, a span that lasted 703:68, dating back to its season opener.
Sophomore forward Ben Alexander opened the scoring with a great individual effort early on. He collected the ball without much attacking support and dribbled past a couple defenders before slotting a shot past the Salisbury goalkeeper for a 12th minute goal. The sophomore forward leads the Cardinals with six goals this year.
Egan doubled the advantage with another goal soon after in the 15th minute. After a throw-in, the ball bounced around to Egan at the top of the penalty area, and his left-footed shot made got through a crowded box of defenders and beat the keeper for the 2-0 lead.
Catholic controlled a great majority of the possession in the first half to control the contest at 2-0. The visitors outshot the Sea Gulls 5-3 in the first forty-five minutes.
With a two-goal lead, the Cardinals ceded some possession and Salisbury got back into the contest with several shots on target.
The Sea Gulls converted a penalty shot in the 53rd minute to cut the lead in half.
Egan did a number on the Salisbury defense once again in the 67th minute to score an insurance goal that proved to be important. He dribbled around multiple defenders and his effort went off the post and into the net to put Catholic up 3-1.
The sophomore midfielder now has four goals this season.
Salisbury got one back in the 83rd minute to make the match 3-2 in Catholic's favor, but did not find an equalizer in the game's final minutes.
Junior goalkeeper Jack Long made six saves in the win.
The Cardinals begin Landmark Conference play this Saturday, September 28. Catholic travels to conference foe Scranton for a 1 p.m. kickoff.