Freshman’s first season

By Christine Blom
September 30, 2004

Ryan Norris

Erin O’Brien is one of the newest additions to the Lady Cavalier’s soccer team. O’Brien has been playing soccer for the last 14 years and she says she has enjoyed every minute of it.

O’Brien is a Garnett Valley graduate and Boothwyn, Pa. resident. She was a midfielder in high school and continues to play that position here at Cabrini.

Athletes set goals for themselves on and off the field. “I want to work hard and do the best that I can do,” O’Brien said. She is hoping to succeed by doing well in her classes and in the games.

The women have high expectations for themselves especially since last season they were PAC champions. “I hope we at least make it to the playoffs but it would be great if we could win the PACs again,” O’Brien said.

Sometimes when an athlete gets injured, they shy away from the game and it hinders their ability to play. Not O’Brien. She chipped her ankle bone in her freshman year of high school, had surgery but that could not stop her. If anything, she believes that has made her a stronger player.

Although the team has had a rocky start with a 0-2 record, O’Brien believes each player needs to work on certain aspects of their game. “In order for me to become a better player, I think I need to work on my shooting skills.” She has scored four goals but only one counted due to a technical call by officials. This caused her great disappointment but she has put it behind her.

Even though the team has had two losses they have had some nail-biting games. O’Brien, as hopeful as she is, believes that the team can turn things around and make it to the PACs as long as thy stick together as a team.

“When we played St. Mary’s College, we were tied the whole game and lost in overtime,” said O’Brien. “It is all about team unity. I think we all just need to figure out how we work as a group and then we can build from there. That will make us PAC champs!”

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