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Catholic Athletics | November 16, 2013

Campbell scores in OT as Catholic gets past DePauw in second round

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- On their fifth penalty corner of the game, Maura Campbell etched her name and the Catholic Cardinals' name in the history books with a 1-0 second-round victory against the DePauw Tigers on Saturday.

Both teams remained scoreless after the game's 70 minutes of regulation play, sending the contest into overtime.

"We came out very sluggish in the first half," Catholic head coach Gia Cilliza said. "Towards the end of the first half we started to look a little more like ourselves. The second half was our game, we kept it on their side of the 50 most of the half. That second-half momentum of attacks and composure created the leverage to our overtime goal."

In under two minutes, Catholic was award a penalty corner. Taylor Elliot, who was awarded with the assists, entered the ball to Campbell and she whacked the ball into the back of the goal. Campbell's goal was the second consecutive game-winning goal of the NCAA tournament.

"Maura is the quarterback of the team, with each passing day she steps deeper into her full potential," Cilliza said.

Catholic advances to the program's first NCAA round of eight appearance against Christopher Newport at 1 p.m. Sunday.

"This level of progress is years in the making," Cillizza said. "This team is pretty composed, they take every day and every word of criticism with an even keel."

Catholic faced Christopher Newport earlier in the season with a 3-2 loss in Newport News, Va., on Oct. 2. CUA led 2-1 at the half and then allowed CNU to score two unanswered goal in the second half.

"We are going to bring talents, tactic and heart tomorrow," Cillizza said.