CNU Women's Soccer Shuts Out Marymount in CAC Debut, 4-0
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Playing in their first ever match as members of the Capital Athletic Conference, the Christopher Newport women's soccer team eased to a 4-0 shutout win over Marymount University (2-5-0, 0-1-0) on Saturday. The Captains (6-2-1, 1-0-0) were led by senior Bupe Okeowo, who factored into three goals with a pair of scores and one assist.
While the Christopher Newport field hockey and men's soccer team opened CAC play within the friendly confines of Newport News, the women's soccer program had to travel for their first ever league game in the new conference. It wouldn't take long, though, for the Captains to feel right at home against the Saints.
CNU scored what would hold up as the game-winning goal just 4:53 into the contest. Leading scorer Emma O'Reilly assisted on Okeowo's first goal of the contest and fourth tally of the season.
With a lead already in tact, the CNU offense continued to push, getting two shots on-goal from senior Carly Utterback and a crossbar deflection on rookie Allie McWilliams first shot. Then, in the 14th minute, the Captains added their second goal. Sophomore Lindsay Mondloch ripped a hard shot past starting keeper Holly Wenger to give the Captains a two-goal edge.
The CNU offense would go on to take 19 shots in the first half, outshooting the home team 19-2, with 10 shots on-goal. Wenger made eight saves to hold the damage to just two, before being replaced in the second half. CNU's Haley Casanova made just one save in the first half and then also made way for a replacement in the second stanza, as sophomore Elena Currence saw her first action of 2013.
The second half mirrored the first for CNU, who saw Okeowo notch her second goal of the contest just 5:28 in. Junior defender Erin O'Shaughnessy set up her second score. giving her two assists on the year.
Finally, Okeowo finished out her stellar day leading the offense with a helper of her own less than four minutes later. She assisted on the fourth and final goal of the contest, when Emma O'Reilly put away her team-high eighth goal of the season.
Currence was equally as untested in the second half, as the CNU defense held Marymount to just four shots in the frame, with one on-goal. Turning that shot away, the Captains locked down their fifth shutout of the season.
Conference play continues for CNU, as they look ahead to play Penn State Harrisburg at home next Saturday, October 5. That game will kick off at 1:00 pm, with live stats and live video available at CNUsports.com.