WASHINGTON – Ending in a tie is never the intended goal for a soccer game, but as both the Catholic University of American women's soccer team and the St. Mary's (Md.) squad played in of honor Jamie Roberts (St. Mary's (Md.) class of 2011), who passed in a tragic accident on June 13, 2014, a tie was fitting for the two programs where she dedicated her big heart and tremendous spirit.
"One Bird Family" – a joint venture between the St. Mary's and Catholic athletic departments – took a moment to remember a very special student-athlete, staff member, and alumna. During her matriculation at St. Mary's, Roberts was a three-sport student-athlete, participating in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Roberts then joined the Catholic athletic staff, as the assistant women's basketball coach and the communications assistant. Roberts was 24 years old when she passed, while on a cross-country bike ride to raise funds and awareness for cancer. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and her infectious smile will forever be etched in our hearts.
No. 9 Catholic had several opportunities to get on the scoreboard, taking 24 shots to the six taken by St. Mary's and a 6-2 edge on corner kicks.
"We had chances to win today but just didn't get the job done," said head women's soccer coach J.P. Sousa. "Anytime you out shoot a team 24-6 and keep the majority of possession in the opponent's half of the field, you should win the game. Unfortunately, that didn't happen."
The Seahawk's freshman goalkeeper Sydney Larkins finished with seven saves on the day, as the two other potential goals were stopped by a post and the crossbar.
"We were able to get players forward in the second half and create 15 scoring opportunities. To hit the crossbar once and then hit the post another time was tough," said Sousa.
Cardinal goalkeeper Lexi Halperin, who was named defensive athlete of the week by the Landmark Conference on Monday, finished with two saves to contribute to the defensive effort.
Catholic returns to action on Saturday, when they take on Frostburg State in Frostburg, Md., at 1:00 p.m.
Notes: CUA entered the contest ranked No. 9 in the Mid-Atlantic Region by the NSCAA. In support of the "One Bird Family" initiative, the Cardinal women's basketball team and women's lacrosse team made the trip in their grey "One Bird Family/4KJR" t-shirts.