Two Late Goals Lift Cardinals in First Win Over Spartans

Two Late Goals Lift Cardinals in First Win Over Spartans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University women's soccer team opened its season Friday with a 2-0 win over York College of Pennsylvania thanks to two late goals from Maggie Moorcones and Grace Boras.

Moorcones scored the Cardinals' first goal of the 2018 season after 84 minutes of play with a fantastic strike from 25 yards out. After receiving the ball on the wing, junior Elizabeth Johnson played the ball into the middle of the pitch for a first time hit from Moorcones.

Less than two minutes later, a loose ball from a cross fell to the feet of Boras, who smashed the ball into the net to put the Cards up 2-0.

Sophomore Nina Fernandez earned her first win in her second career start in goal after making four saves.

Johnson led the line with six of Catholic's eight shots. The Spartans could not find the back of the net with their 15 shots.

The two sides could not find a breakthrough in the first forty-five minutes of the match. The Spartans outshot the Cards 11-3, and Fernandez saved all three York shots on target.

The Catholic backline kept the stalemate alive with a defensive save in the second half. York controlled the ball in the box after a corner and shot to the far post, where junior defender Reagan Sharkey cleared the ball off the goal line.

Midfielder Sarah Brush controlled the tempo in the middle of the field and defenders Daniella Montesano, Mackenzie Earley, and Taylor DeMello all helped preserve the team's first clean sheet of the season.

The Cardinals travel to DeSales for their next match on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m.

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