Freshmen Dana Peterson and Maura O’Connell each scored their first goals of the season in a 2-1 win for the Lady Cavs over Rosemont College on Tuesday, Sept. 25, in a CSAC game at Edith Robb Dixon Field.
The win improved the Lady Cavs to 2-4-1 on the season and snapped a four-game winless streak. After losing three straight, the Lady Cavs managed to battle Marywood to a scoreless tie on Saturday, Sept. 22.
“I definitely think this gives us a push now that we have a win under our belts,” O’Connell said. “We’ve got to keep playing together and score more goals.”
The Lady Cavs had numerous chances in the first half with six registered shots. At halftime, only one of those shots had found the net. That was Peterson’s goal in the fifth minute.
“It was a cross and I just tried to get a foot on it,” Peterson said. “I figured one touch and it would go into the goal so that’s what I tried to do.”
The Lady Cavs also held the lead at halftime thanks to another strong defensive effort. Rosemont managed just one shot in the first half.
But the Ravens stepped up their game in the second half, starting to force the ball into Cabrini’s end of the field for more chances. Senior goalkeeper Maddy Edwards saw the Ravens’ first shot on goal in the 52nd minute. She made the save, her first of three in the game.
The Lady Cavs responded to a few key defensive stops by charging up field with more quality scoring chances. In the 74th minute, it was O’Connell scoring her first collegiate goal to give the Lady Cavs some insurance.
“I got a cross, took it across the middle and I saw the goalie came off a little bit and the far post was open,” O’Connell said. “I just tried to hit it over there and it went in.”
That would prove to be the game-winner in the one-goal win for the Lady Cavs. It would have been their second shutout win of the season if not for a late rush by the Ravens.
With just over one minute remaining in the game, the Ravens managed to score off a three-on-one with freshman Lauren Whelan getting the payoff, scoring her seventh goal of the season.
But the Ravens could not manage to complete the comeback as the Lady Cavs’ defense held strong in the game’s final minute.
“The defense stayed strong the entire game,” Peterson said. “We just have to remember to finish. It’s a whole 45-minute half and we can’t let up at the end.”
The win is the first for the Lady Cavs since a 1-0 victory over Penn State-Abington on Sept. 5. It also marked the first conference win of the season for the defending CSAC champions.
The Lady Cavs return to the field on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. to face Swarthmore College in a road game. Their next home game is Saturday, Oct. 6, at 12 p.m. when they host Baptist Bible College.