WASHINGTON – After finding themselves down 1-0 at the end of the first half, the Catholic University of America women's soccer team scored a goal in the 83rd minute to send the contest into overtime before scoring the game-winning goal mid-way through the first overtime period to defeat the Hood College Blazers on Wednesday night in the Cardinals' home opener.
Catholic remains unbeaten with the win, improving to 3-0-0 overall, while Hood falls to 0-2-1.
Junior midfielder Ava Brown (Fairfax Station, Va.) assisted on both of CUA's goals on the night, the first going to freshman Nia Gomez (Miramar, Fla.) and the second going to sophomore defender Sara Madden (Yardley, Pa.) from a corner kick.
The Cardinals outshot the Blazers 7-1 in the first half, but the only dangerous scoring opportunity was a Hood free kick that Jessie Herbert put over the wall and into the net in the 23rd minute. The second half looked very different for CUA as they pushed players forward, maintained better ball possession, and created wave after wave of offensive opportunities to goal. Over a dozen shots buzzed around the Hood goalkeeper in the second half before the Gomez header tied the game and forced overtime.
Overtime was more of the same for CUA with the majority of possession in the Hood half of the field. Brown's corner kick in the 96th minute found Madden's head for the decisive goal.
The final shooting numbers were completely lopsided in favor of CUA 26-1, along with a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Lexi Halperin did not register a save in goal for the Cardinals. Alexis Andrukat made 13 saves for the Blazers.
Catholic will now embark on a four-game road trip during the first half of September. They travel to Cabrini on Saturday September 6, St. Mary's College of Maryland on Wednesday September 10, Frostburg State on Saturday 13, then Stevenson on Wednesday, September 17.
Notes: CUA's 3-0 season start marks the first three-game opening winning streak since the Cardinals went 9-0 for the first month of play in 2009.