BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Catholic University women's soccer team picked up an important Landmark Conference victory Saturday afternoon on the road against Moravian College thanks to a first-career goal for freshman Taylor Porcello.
The win for the Cardinals (9-4-3, 4-1-1 LC) clinched a spot in the conference playoffs, with seeding to be determined in next weekend's action.
The visitors were outshot by the Greyhounds 14-3 in the contest, but kept their defensive disicipline and found the back of the net with one of their two shots on goal.
The two sides went into the halftime break tied 0-0, but the Cardinals broke the deadlock right away after the intermission. Junior Grace Boras crossed a ball in from the right to find the feet of Porcello, who gathered the pass and slotted a shot into the corner to beat the goalkeeper. The Emerson, N.J. native's first collegiate goal was enough to earn the win.
Freshman goalkeeper Marykate Stack made her first career start in net for Catholic and made seven saves in the clean sheet effort. Defenders Mackenzie Earley, Reagan Sharkey, and Taylor DeMello all played 90 minutes to withstand the Moravian attack.
The Greyhounds (8-4-2, 2-3-1 LC) were keen to answer with an equalizer, attempting ten shots in the second half. Stack, however, made a couple of key saves to preserve the one-goal advantage.
The Cardinals return to the pitch for a Landmark match next Saturday, October 27 for a 4 p.m. match at home against Elizabethtown with conference playoff implications.
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