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DC-area college soccer teams produced some of the best and some of the worst women action this Memorial Day weekend. Gallaudet was unable to find any offense Aug. 31, as Randolph College routed the Bison 7-1 on the road. GU goalie Jennifer Livengood stopped 19 of the 26 shots thrown her way. The Bison were held to one shot in the first half and four in the game.

Gallaudet won its opener 2-1 over Trinity Friday. Megan Calik put the Bison on the scoreboard in the 53rd minute as she ripped a shot just to the right of Trinity goalie Eboni Hibbert (5 saves). The second goal came eight minutes later as Anastasia Murray scored on the fast break opportunity in the 61st minute. Sofia Lindevall assisted on both goals.

Trinity struck back with its first goal of the 2014 season when Asya Tucker blasted a 30-yard goal past Livengood in the 77th minute. The Tigers return to action Sept. 2 against Washington Adventist University, scheduled to kickoff at 6 pm.

WAU faced their first game of the season against Salem College at Fairland Recreational Park on Aug. 31. It showed the new coach, Alex Sandoval, the challenge awaiting him. The Saints had 10 bodies in uniform. Salem has 34 on its roster, SC brought 13 subs.

When it was all said and done, the Spirits won 12-0. SC took a 6-0 lead into the break. The Spirits out shot Adventist 46-0 and had a 14-0 corner kick advantage. Playing goal for most of the second half, Aaliyah Payton (Tacoma Park) stopped 5-of-7 shots on goal.

Marymount University dropped a 2-0 decision to Greensboro Saturday. The Saints surrendered both Pride goals in the last ten minutes of the contest. The Saints fall to 0-1-1 on the season with the loss. Allison Gibson who broke the stalemate in the 82nd minute, using a cross from Samara Alba to find the back of the net. Alba also triggered the exclamation point just moments later when she found Melanie Ratan unmanned just outside the box.

Chloe McAuliffe (Great Falls, VA) and Kirsten Campbell each fired off three shots for MU, while Amy Lawton and Samantha McAlonan (McLean High) each added a pair.

It was Marymount University’s squad opened its 2014 campaign with a lengthy stalemate, dueling Hood through two overtime periods to reach the 1-1 final. The Saints struck first with Campbell serving a lengthy ball to McAuliffe, who skipped the Saints’ first tally of the season just over the goal line in the 44th minute. Alyssa Nubgaard (Poolesville High) found the back of the net in the 51st minute for the equalizer.

Unfortunately, you had to be in Farmingdale, NY, to see the best of the action. That is where Catholic University swept two games in the Rams Classic.

The Aug. 30 match against Farmingdale State was a nail-biter. Both squads traded scores with the first couple of minutes, then CU controlled most of the offense, but FSU’s Breanna Blair kept the Rams alive with 9 saves on net. Finally the Cardinal’s Caroline Hopkins scored the game-winning goal, looping the ball over the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms on a rebound from the corner of the penalty box.

“We probably had a nice string of 7 or 8 passes before the ball popped out to ‘Cam’ after a rebound. She put the ball exactly where it needed to be to score the goal,” said Coach J.P. Sousa.

Kaylre Greaves finished a pass from Alyssa Fiore to tie the contest 1-1 at 2:19. It was Greaves second goal of the young season. She also scored in Catholic’s 3-0 rout of Western Connecticut State on Friday. Lindsey Aleman and Andrea Jablonskyj also had goals Friday.

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