WASHINGTON - With two goals in Saturday afternoon's game on the Cardinal Stadium turf, Lindsay Aleman of The Catholic University of America women's soccer team became the program's leading goalscorer. The goals helped lift the Cardinals to a convincing 6-0 shutout victory Juniata College in Landmark Conference play.
The senior from Hockessin, Del., tied Laura Kaye ('05) for the most career goals when she notched her 49th to open the scoring for Catholic in the 7th minute off a pass from Andrea Jablonskyj. The Cardinals put two more in before the half was over, but Aleman wasn't finished.
With school history at her toes in the second half, Aleman stood at the top of the 18-yard box calling for a pass from junior Nia Gomez. In the 56th minute, Gomez slotted a firm pass to Aleman, who tucked the ball inside the left post to become the first CUA women's soccer player to reach the 50 goal milestone.
Four other Cardinals contributed goals to the dominating victory over the Eagles. Senior Sarah Madden took advantage of her opportunity when a shot from junior Kiera Lyons hit off the crossbar and landed at her feet. Madden pushed the ball into the open goal in the 21st minute for a 2-0 Cardinals lead.
Fourteen minutes later, freshman Olivia Perez accepted a short cross from sophomore Jillian Sudo and fired it into the net at the 34:17 mark. The Cards took a 3-0 advantage heading into the halftime break.
Gomez scored Catholic's first goal of the second half as she beat the defense through the 18-yard box, taking a shot from the left side of the goal and placing the ball neatly inside the right post in the 51st minute. Aleman scored five minutes later, then freshman Elizabeth Johnson capped off the Cardinals scoring when she cut through the Juniata back line for the sixth and final goal of the match. Freshman Gabby Demarest was credited with the assist.
Goalkeepers, junior Ally Marcello and sophomore Christina Peyroux each spent 45 minutes guarding the Catholic net for the team's third shutout of the season. Each keeper saw two shots on goal, making two saves a piece.
Catholic will remain at home to start next week as they face non-conference opponent Virginia Wesleyan on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m.
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