WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University men's soccer team used two second half goals to come out on top Tuesday evening in a 3-2 win over Eastern.
The Cardinals (9-1-1) extended its winning streak to four and unbeaten streak to ten contests after being ranked No. 20 in this week's United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll and No. 24 in the D3Soccer.com Top 25 Poll.
It took three goals in a back-and-forth affair to top the Eagles, a team who advanced to the national quarterfinals a year ago with an 18-3-2 record. Senior midfielder Andrew Laurenzano got the scoring started with a bang early on in the first half.
Laurenzano took a few dribbles after collecting the ball off a turnover and launched a shot from distance that beat the goalkeeper. The 25-yard strike put the hosts up 1-0 in the 12th minute.
Eastern equalized in the 40th minute with an impressive shot from the top of the box into the right corner. The Cardinals outshot the Eagles 17-11 in the contest, but the sides were even at 1-1 at the half.
Just minutes into the second half, junior defender Mason Reinhart gave Catholic the lead with quite an individual effort. He gained possession of the ball and made two defenders miss with dribble moves before slotting his left-footed shot off the right post for an impressive goal in the 49th minute.
The Eagles again leveled the scoring later on in the 58th minute in an intense second half of play.
The hosts found the back of the net for the final time in the match off a stolen ball from sophomore forward Ben Alexander. Alexander's work rate led to an Eastern defender's turnover, and the Bel Air, Md. native shot the ball past the keeper in a tight one-on-one situation for a 72nd minute goal.
Alexander's team-best seventh goal of the season proved to be the difference in a 3-2 win for Catholic.
Freshman goalkeeper Troy Young started a second match this season and played the full 90 minutes for the first time in his career. Young made three saves to pick up his second win.
Ten games unbeaten eclipses the Cardinals' nine game streak in which the team won nine consecutive contests in 2011. That season also marked the last time Catholic was ranked in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll.
The Cardinals stay at home for the weekend for their Landmark Conference home opener on Saturday, October 5 against Drew. The rematch of last year's Landmark semifinal matchup is set for a 1 p.m. kickoff.