WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University women's soccer team defeated DeSales 3-1 Sunday afternoon in its first match at Carlini Field. Two second half goals from senior Grace Boras lifted the Cardinals to a second straight win in the opening weekend of the 2019 season.
Catholic (2-0) kept the offensive pressure high in its second consecutive match with 12 total shots. The Cardinals attackers and midfielders combined well to create a number of chances with through balls behind the Bulldogs' defense. Senior forward Elizabeth Johnson opened the scoring early on in the 12th minute.
Junior forward Meghan Corso was sprung free on the right wing and played a gentle pass into the center of the penalty area where Johnson collected and slotted the shot past the keeper for a 1-0 lead. After leading the team with seven goals a season ago, Johnson is off to a strong start with two goals in two games.
DeSales found an equalizer after a loose ball in the box was tapped in to make the game 1-1 right before halftime in the 42nd minute.
The tie did not last long, however, because the Cardinals answered with a goal of their own shortly after the whistle started the second half.
Johnson held up the ball after kickoff, drew defenders, and pushed a pass up ahead that Boras sprinted towards. Boras' foot got to the ball before the goalkeeper could clear and Catholic scored just 20 seconds into the half.
The hosts grabbed a third goal in the 66th minute to put the match away. It was made possible by a lovely aerial through ball from senior midfielder Sarah Brush and finished by Boras once again. Brush lofted a ball from Catholic's own half over the DeSales' defense that Boras ran down and gathered before tucking a second goal into the net to put Catholic up 3-1.
Boras leads the team with three goals, including Sunday's gamewinner.
Junior goalkeeper Nina Fernandez made three saves in the winning effort to move to 2-0 on the year.
Catholic will host the D.C. Classic next weekend at Carlini Field, starting with a match against Penn St. Harrisburg on Saturday, September 7. Kickoff is set for noon.