The Cabrini College men’s soccer team, now 7-1 overall and tenth in the Mid-Atlantic Region is looking to do more damage to their opponents this season as they try to further themselves in the standings.
At their last home game against Alvernia College on Sept. 12, Alvernia came out early to score the first goal at the 2:50 mark. With a strong offensive and defensive showing from both teams, it wasn’t until the second half that Cabrini put themselves on the scoreboard with a first career goal from freshman Matt O’ Shaughnessy.
As the time passed off of the scoreboard, fans were beginning to feel nervous with the game tied and both teams getting more “fired up” to take the lead.
With just over two minutes remaining in the game, sophomore political science major Evan Hanauer released a kick from the corner to senior graphic design major Dom Rizzo, who fired the ball into the corner of the net to go up 2-1, releasing some of the tension from the squad.
Alvernia, looking for a quick comeback, couldn’t hold Cabrini back from wanting to seal the fate of their opponents as Hanauer headed the ball into the net to final the score 3-1.
According to the Cabrini College Athletic Web site, assistant coach Rob Dallas said, “As a whole, we didn’t have the greatest first half, but we came back and played a complete second half. In the end, our hard work paid off.”
Hanauer said, “We have the ability to go undefeated the rest of the season. We have a ton of seniority on the team and they really push us to work hard and do well.”
Michael Douglas Kroener, a sophomore marketing major, said, “The captains are very determined this year, pushing us everyday so we can hopefully end their senior year with a PAC championship, which is very likely if we just keep working hard together.”
Senior political science major Barry Magagna said, “We are a hard working team who just happens to find some magic in second halves. The goals that we have scored late are a real tribute to our hard training. Overall we are looking to keep clicking and making things happen.”