By Jimmy Cassidy
Catholic University’s men’s soccer team defeated the 20th ranked team in the nation, the Salisbury Seagulls, Wednesday, September 30th. The hard-fought 1-0 victory moved the team’s record to 4-5-1 on the year. The win was head coach Travis Beauchamp’s 100th in his coaching career.
It was an even match throughout the evening at Salisbury University, as the Cards and Gulls traded shots and tough fouls. Senior captain Tyler Zimmerman led the attack with five shots, and fellow senior defender Ben Sykes took four attempts on goal. CUA outshot Salisbury 18-16 in the game, while Salisbury led the count in fouls, 10-8. There was no clear momentum in the match as the first half ended in a 0-0 draw.
CUA found the back of the net first in the 55th minute of the game. It was Sykes who launched a shot on goal that could not be handled by the opposing goalkeeper. The ball was up for grabs, and Zimmerman was the first one to get his foot on the ball. He sent in into the net, and Catholic took a 1-0 lead ten minutes into the second half.
With the lead, it was up the Cardinals’ defense and junior goalkeeper Zachary Tashjy to stay strong and keep a clean sheet. The defense did just that, and successfully shut out one of the top teams in Division III men’s soccer. Tashjy made two saves in the match to retain the 1-0 advantage. The win gave coach Beauchamp his milestone 100th victory in his 9th season as head coach at CUA.
“Overall it was a good team win. We’ve been working hard in practice and our it’s been showing in the games,” Zimmerman said after the game. “We still have work to do and a big conference game against Merchant Marine this weekend.”
The team will return to Landmark conference play on the road at noon on Saturday, October 3rd, at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Support the Cards at their next home game on