Lady Cavs stay positive after loss to Arcadia

By Maryellen Anastasio
September 24, 2009

Shannon Keough

The lady Cavaliers lost to Arcadia 1-0 on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. Cabrini struggled to get the ball in the net against the Knights goalkeeper Jacki Law. The Knights took advantage of a mistake that the Cavaliers made and that is how they scored their lone goal of the game.

“We played hard for 80 out of the 90 minutes we were on the field, but in that ten minutes a lot can happen and it did,” Brianna Conner, junior secondary education major, said.

Cabrini had multiple opportunities but just couldn’t monopolize on Arcadia’s mistakes. The Cavs took 13 shots but weren’t able to get a goal.

“A lot of times we look for good passes to get closer to the net, but we just need to shoot the ball more,” Amanda Ribakusky, senior marketing major, said. “We have some really strong players on our team who can score, so we are definitely capable of finishing.”

On the offensive end senior Sabina DeGisi took five shots to try and even out the score, but the Knights defense and goalkeeper kept them out. Freshman Maddy Edwards also took three shots.

Cabrini’s defense is facing an obstacle by having to adjust their defense with the injury of Adrienne DiFiore separating her collarbone.

“Even though Adrienne is only out for a week it makes it tough for our defense because people have to play out of position, but our defense still was able to play hard and hold them off,” Conner said.

Goalkeeper Gianna Porretta was able to help on the defensive end by having a season-high 13 saves against Arcadia to keep the score within one point.

“I think the team has to improve on playing our game, we got caught up playing Arcadia’s tempo and got out of our rhythm, we can’t do that when it comes time for conference play,” Dana Nardello, junior elementary education major, said.

Cabrini is on a three game losing streak right now and is overall 2-4 for the season. The Cavaliers have only lost by one goal in the past three games and won by two goals for their two wins so far this season.

“The next game is our first conference game, so everyone is really pumped and wants this win really bad,” Ribakusky said. “Our goal is to make it to the CSAC championship game and we all know that this is the game it starts with.”

“Immaculata is a pretty even match up for us, they have the best goal keeper in the league. It should be a really good game,” Conner said.

Cabrini’s next game will be Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. at Immaculata University. This starts off one of the four CSAC conference games in the next week.

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