Cardinals Battle for Scoreless Draw on Senior Day

Cardinals Battle for Scoreless Draw on Senior Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University women's soccer team fought for 110 minutes Saturday evening in a scoreless 0-0 draw after two overtimes against Landmark foe Moravian on senior day at Carlini Field. 

The Cardinals (8-6-3, 4-1-1 LC) honored seniors Bella Bertoncini, Mackenzie Earley, Grace Boras, Daniella Montesano, Elizabeth Johnson, Reagan Sharkey, Gabby Demarest, and Sarah Brush before the match and extended their conference unbeaten streak to five with the draw.

Catholic outshot Moravian 22-8 in the match, but the Greyhounds were on the front foot early, forcing Cards' goalkeeper Nina Fernandez to make three saves in the first ten minutes of the contest. 

Junior midfielder Halle Green threw her body in front of a headed effort on goal to stop a shot in the 40th minute to keep the game scoreless. 

The hosts grew into the game, however, and had a 14-1 shooting margin in their favor in the second half, but neither side could find a breakthrough in regulation. 

Fellow junior midfielder Maggie Moorcones came the closest for the Catholic with two long-range shots that banged the crossbar and stayed out. The first came in the 59th minute when she launched a shot from almost 30 yards that hit the center of the bar. 

The Sterling, Va. native led the team with six shots while senior forward Grace Boras wreaked havoc on the wings and added five shots of her own. 

Senior midfielder Sarah Brush forced an impressive save from the Moravian keeper with her left-footed strike just outside the box in the 76th minute. She took a few dribbles after gaining possession, struck the ball well, and made the goalkeeper sprawl out to her left to push the ball out of danger.

Moorcones followed with a free-kick attempt that hit almost the same spot on the crossbar as the previous one in the 78th minute. 

Fernandez preserved a clean sheet with six saves in the match for her seventh shutout of the year.

The Cards could not convert on four shots in the two overtime periods and the contest ended without a goal. The contest marks the team's third double overtime draw of the season. 

Up next for Catholic is the last Landmark contest of the regular season, a match against Elizabethtown on Saturday, November 2. Kickoff for the final tune-up before the conference tournament is set for 4 p.m. 

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