Lady Cavs win the PAC

By Kristen Catalanotto
November 13, 2003

Cabrini College

The women’s soccer team forged ahead eliminating its competition, Gwynedd-Mercy College, capturing the title of women’s soccer champions for the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference on Saturday, Nov. 8.

The Lady Cavs played for 110 minutes constantly going back and forth with Gwynedd’s top players. Cabrini’s Christine Watson and Mary Remoli scored the first two goals in the tie-breaker as their teammate and goalkeeper, Melissa Williams, blocked the attempts of Gwynedd’s Amanda Lipira and Chris Perry. Kelli Romano and Christine Jennings followed with two attempts but were blocked and Gwynedd then tied the penalty kick round at 2-2.

“We were the underdogs, but towards the end it started to get exciting. In overtime, we had to win. We dominated the game,” Watson said. Sophomore Nicole Neidermeier snuck a shot past Gwynedd’s goalie, which was the deciding goal for the Lady Cavs. “There has been great team chemistry and a lot of heart. We never gave up; we always knew we would win PAC’s,” senior Liz Graham said.

Sophomore Mary Remoli broke the teams single-season scoring mark this season after she was assisted by Watson, giving Cabrini an advantage early in the game. “We go out and play to win. Every game we give 110 percent and don’t let up,” Jennings said.

Gwynedd tied the score with an 18-yard kick from Megan Wood. The Lady Cavs then kept the excitement rolling throughout the second half when it outshot Gwynedd 7-0.

The two teams continued battling through the first overtime and into the second. Cabrini outshot Gwynedd-Mercy 13-8 and had a 7-6 advantage in corner kicks.

Freshmen Melissa Williams made six saves, two of which were penalty kicks. Williams was named MVP of the PAC tournament. The next step is for the Lady Cavs to travel to Mary Washington College in Virginia and compete for the NCAA Division III Tournament, The victory is especially sweet for the three seniors on the team, “As a senior, I know the three of us have been waiting for a PAC Championship. It’s what we’ve worked for these past four years. We are so proud of ourselves and the girls who helped us get there,” Liz Graham said.

Posted to the web by Steph Mangold

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