The rematch of the women’s soccer 2011 CSAC championship between Cabrini and Neumann ended with the opposite result.
Last year, on Nov. 5, Cabrini took the CSAC championship over Neumann on the Knights’ home turf. Neumann looked for revenge in 2012 and succeeded.
For most of the game, played in Aston, Pa. on Oct. 9, the 90 minutes between the Lady Cavs and Knights seemed to be even.
But a late goal with 2:30 remaining in regulation beat the Lady Cavs and gave the Knights revenge in a 1-0 win.
“We knew it was going to be a competitive game,” junior MaryKate McCann said. “They were out to get us for beating them on their home field last year.”
Both teams came out with a fire wanting to grab another win, which was proven by the hard hustle of both teams. However Neumann shut down Cabrini on shots. At halftime, the Knights were outshooting the Lady Cavs, 5-0.
With their defense on key, the Blue and White shut down three of Neumann’s corner kicks in the first half. Cabrini themselves couldn’t grab any corners in the first half.
Coming to an end of the first half each team stood even with a score of 0-0.
“As a team we were mentally ready for the game and played very well,” senior Dana Drake said. “We need to stay focused at all times and continue to push each other.”
The second half started out very similar to the first. Finally, Cabrini began to out some chances on goal, rocketing five shots on Knights goalie Briana King. They were unable to capitalize on any of them.
The Lady Cavs got a huge offensive chance in the 69th minute. Freshmen Julianna Ardire nailed the first shot of the game, forcing a save from King. Just seconds later, sophomore Melissa Scanzano attempted another shot but missed the target.
With time winding down, it looked like the Lady Cavs would find themselves in another overtime game. But Neumann managed to find a way.
At the 87:30 mark of regulation, Maria Tivoli rolled a ball past Edwards for a goal. It proved to be the game-winner in the 1-0 defeat for the Lady Cavs.
Edwards had a total of three saves on the night. Scanzano and freshman Dana Peterson posted four of the five shots for the Lady Cavs. Both had one shot on goal in the loss.
The loss drops the Lady Cavs to 3-6-3 overall on the season. The loss also ended their undefeated season in CSAC play. Their conference record now sits at 2-1-3 record in the CSAC.
“We have to come out with drive and dedication to achieve our goal of claiming the plaque again.” McCann said.
The Lady Cavs will continue their fight to defend the CSAC title in their next conference game on Saturday, Oct. 13, against Keystone College at 7 p.m.
The Lady Cavs return home on Tuesday, Oct. 16, when they host Notre Dame of Maryland University at 4 p.m.