by Colleen Loftus, communications student assistant
WASHINGTON- The Catholic University of America women's soccer team (5-0-1) clinched its fifth win of the season on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Frostburg State (4-1-1), capitalizing on the Bobcats' defensive mishaps and firing away in front of the net.
"This was the toughest game we've played so far this season," said head women's soccer coach J.P. Sousa. "Both teams had identical records coming in, and we've split the last couple games against each other (4-0 win for Frostburg in 2012; 4-0 win for CUA in 2013) so our girls knew what to expect and were ready for it."
Junior Lexi Halperin started in goal for the Cards, playing the whole 90:00 minutes and recording seven saves. Allowing only one goal, Halperin reeled in her fifth win in six starts for Catholic this season.
CUA struck first, scoring within the first ten minutes of the game. Freshman Andrea Jablonskyj connected with a loose ball from 18 yards out for 1-0 lead. While FSU led in shots heading into the second half, Catholic extended their lead in the 55th minute with sophomore Lindsay Aleman's unassisted goal.
Despite tallying 16 shots to the Cardinals' eight, the Bobcats appeared unable to successfully direct the ball into the Cardinals' goal until the final 10 minutes of play. Frostburg State's Melanie Bell ended the scoreless stint with a one-timer over Halperin's right shoulder.
"I believe that this was a fairly even game," said Sousa. "[The] time of possession was practically 50/50 and the number of scoring chances were the same. Even though the official shots favor Frostburg, they play a direct style and took several long range attempts that were easy for our keeper to collect."
Catholic advances to 5-0-1 on the season. The Cardinals will travel to Baltimore, Md., on Wednesday, September 17 to play at Stevenson University at 7:00 p.m. before hosting Salisbury University on Saturday, September 20 at 3:30 p.m. at the CUA Soccer Field.