Cardinals Battle Seagulls to Road Victory

Cardinals Battle Seagulls to Road Victory

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America women's soccer team traveled to Salisbury University to down the Seagulls, 5-4 on Saturday afternoon.

In the battle of the beaks, sophomore Elizabeth Johnson recorded a game-high five points (2 goals, 1 assist) while senior captain Riley Hawblitzel tallied a career-high four points (1 goal, 2 assists). Additionally, freshman Maggie Moorcones scored her first career goal while junior Jillian Sudo notched her second score of the year.

Johnson got the Cards off to a quick start with a goal in the first minute. Fellow sophomore Bella Bertoncini took the ball down the right wing and sent a cross into the box. Johnson picked it up, dribbled around the Seagulls defender and sent a slow roller past the keeper.

The Gulls struck back in the seventh minute, but the Cardinals were awarded a free kick in the 18th minute and regained the lead. From 40-yards out, Hawblitzel sent the free kick flying to Moorcones' foot, who volleyed it straight into the back of the net.

Salisbury put two more on the scoreboard before the intermission and got their fourth score of the match two minutes into the second half.

Trailing 4-2, with 43 minutes remaining on the clock, the Cardinals got hungry for the road victory.

Hawblitzel started the Catholic rally with the help of co-captain, senior Andrea Jablonskyj in the 52nd minute. Jablonskyj served a corner kick into the box for Hawblitzel to leap up and headed it inside the far post.

Johnson scored the equalizer sixteen minutes later when she dribbled 30-yards down the field through her defender and sent a rocket between the posts.

As the minutes ticked away, Catholic capitalized on another Salisbury foul. Riding the Cardinal momentum, Hawblitzel served a long ball to Johnson's head. Johnson confused the keeper by sending the ball to Sudo, who headed the gamewinner into a wide-open net.

With the victory, the Cardinals advance their 2017 record to 5-1. They head to Frostburg, Md., on Tuesday, September 19 to face the Bobcats at 7 p.m.

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