Cardinals Earn Draw Against No. 14 Mary Washington

Cardinals Earn Draw Against No. 14 Mary Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two halves and two overtime periods did not produce a winner Wednesday night as the Catholic University men's soccer team battled for a scoreless draw against No. 14 Mary Washington at Carlini Field. 

The Cardinals (5-1-1) had the better chances in a frenetic match between two of Divsion III's top teams. The hosts outshout the Eagles 15-7 and took six corners. 

After another clean sheet, Catholic has not allowed a goal in its last six games dating back to its season opener, a span of 561:22.

The Cardinals were on the front foot early and came close on a few chances in the first ten minutes of the match. Mason Reinhart and Paul Egan both took shots in good areas that went over the bar.  

Catholic took more possession in the second half, outshooting Mary Washington 8-2. Still, the Eagles' backline held strong and the contest remained scoreless after 90 minutes. 

Sophomore forward Ben Alexander almost found the winner in the dying moments of the first overtime period, but his effort was denied by a sliding save with just ten seconds on the clock. 

Fellow sophomore Andrew Morris had the best chance in the second overtime, but it was not to be. A cross went over evveryone to the back right post, and Morris blasted the shot just over the crossbar in the 103rd minute to keep the match scoreless.

Junior goalkeeper Jack Long saved the lone shot on goal he faced against the 14th-ranked Eagles to earn a fifth shutout on the year. The Catholic defense continued to be the team's stronghold as Nick Battaglia, Mike Narzikul, Mitch Ford, and Ryan Kennedy all played more than 100 minutes in the double-overtime contest. 

The Cardinals stay at home for their next match on Saturday, September 21. Kickoff at Carlini Field is set for 1 p.m.