WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's soccer sophomore Darius Siahpoosh scored three points, including the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute as the No. 19 Cardinals extended their unbeaten streak to 13 games with a 3-2 victory over Susquehanna Saturday at Carlini Field.
Catholic (12-1-1, 3-0-0 LC) has now won seven in-a-row and four-straight at home.
Siapoosh had at least one goal and one assist for the third time this season, raising his season point total to 20.
The River Hawks (4-9-0, 0-3-0 LC) scored the game's first goal when Chris Naiman scored his team-leading fifth of the season in the ninth minute.
Despite outshooting the visitors 15-2 in the opening half, the Cardinals trailed 1-0 at the half.
Today marked the first time since the season opener against Gettysburg on August 30 that Catholic allowed the first goal and found itself trailing at halftime.
The Cardinals quickly changed that in the second half, scoring back-to-back goals just five minutes apart. Senior Bradley Pierro scored on a penalty kick in the 56th minute before sophomore Ben Alexander netted his team-leading 11th goal of the year off an assist from Siahpoosh in the 61st minute.
However, Susquehanna netted the equalizer in the 80th minute when Alex Bellot converted a penalty kick for his first goal of the season.
The game featured a total of four penalty kicks, three of which were taken by the Cardinals.
Undaunted, Catholic responded with the eventual game-winner less than three minutes later when Siahpoosh scored off an assist from sophomore Connor Logsdon for the game's decisive third goal and his third game-winning goal of the season.
The Cards scored three goal goals on nine second-half shots, finishing the game with a 24-7 advantage in shots. Junior Jack Long earned his 10th win of the season in goal while counterpart Matt Ellingworth had 10 saves.
Head coach Travis Beauchamp takes his team on the road Tuesday to face his alma mater, Washington College. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.