By Neil Kavanaugh
The Catholic University men’s soccer team hosted Washington College for a Wednesday afternoon game last week. The die-hard soccer fans turned up to watch a little bit of European football. The Cardinals returned the favor, giving the crowd a nail biter of a show. Catholic University controlled the game by maintaining possession for the majority of the match. Washington College was out shot 23-1 in regulation. Although the Cardinals had such an advantage in shooting, they struggled to find the back of Washington’s net. Junior Andrew Laurenzano led Catholic University with 5 shots. Washington College’s one shot on goal came from a corner kick opportunity. The game went into overtime, marking the second straight time that the Cardinals have a match taken to extra time.
The overtime decision was short lived. Freshman Paul Egan scored the first goal of his career in the 99th minute of the match to pull the Cardinals ahead of Washington College. Defensemen Mitchell Ford, Ryan Kennedy, and Mike Narzikul all played over 90 minutes of lock down soccer to maintain control of the game. Sophomore Jack Long saved the one shot he faced.
The Cardinal’s next match is a home Landmark Conference match up on Saturday, October 13 against Juniata at 1 p.m.