Fast Start Lifts No. 19 Cardinals Over Bison, 4-0

Fast Start Lifts No. 19 Cardinals Over Bison, 4-0

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University men's soccer team scored four goals in the first half to defeat Gallaudet on Tuesday night at Hotchkiss Field, 4-0.

The No. 19 Cardinals (11-1-1) extended their winning streak to six and unbeaten streak to 12 with the victory. The visitors outshot the Bison 35-8 and took 14 corner kicks.

Catholic scored early and often to jump out to a comfortable lead before subbing many starters. In total, 26 different players featured for head coach Travis Beauchamp's squad.  

Sophomores Ben Alexander and Darius Siahpoosh both scored twice in the first 16 minutes of the contest. Alexander got the scoring started in the 6th minute.

Siahpoosh passed from the left corner in front of the net and the sophomore forward finished the chance to put Catholic up 1-0. Then in the 14th minute, Alexander scored a similar goal off a pass from senior defender Mike Narzikul

The Bel Air, Md. native is in strong form and now leads the team with ten goals. Alexander has scored in three straight contests and has found the back of the net five times in the last five matches. 

Less than a minute later, the Cardinals made it 3-0 off a Siahpoosh goal. Franco Caltabiano played a long ball that Nelson Zimmerman headed for Siahpoosh to convert the shot for a 15th minute goal. 

Then exactly sixty seconds later, Zimmerman connected with Siahpoosh again for a second goal to put Catholic up 4-0 in the 16th minute.

That was all the scoring Catholic needed and the defense held strong for a clean sheet victory, its eighth of the season.

Both Siahpoosh and Zimmerman lead the Cardinals with five assists this season. 

Junior goalkeeper Jack Long played the first half in between the posts for the Cardinals to earn his ninth win of the season. Freshman Austin Coron came in for the second half and made two saves to preserve the clean sheet. 

Catholic hosts a Landmark Conference matchup on Saturday, Oct. 12 as it takes on Susquehanna at Carlini Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.