Men’s soccer took a tough loss on Sept. 8 at the Edith Robb Dixon Field, with a final score of 3-1. They are still 0-3 for their record this year.
Men’s soccer took a tough loss on Sept. 8 at the Edith Robb Dixon Field, with a final score of 3-1. They are still 0-3 for their record this year.The Cabrini men’s soccer team looked for its first win against Rutgers-Camden but couldn’t get the job done. At half time, the score was 1-0 and looked like a promising win with Cabrini maintaining possession of the ball for most of the first half.In minute 30 of the first half, Cabrini scored its first and only goal. Two assists were given to defensive back Kyle Johnson and freshmen forward Ryan Cerrato. The goal was scored by senior forward Steve Reynolds.Johnson had a cross from the left side of the field to Cerrato, who headed it towards the goal and right into the foot of Reynolds, who scored the first goal of the game. Each of them tallied their first assists and goals for the season.Eight minutes into the second half, the Cabrini defense took a devastating blow. Senior King Saah flipped over a player from the other team and landed onto his back. He was then taken out of the game and not put back in.King was a key player in the first half of the game and would have been a key player in the second half, had he not been hurt. Freshmen goalkeeper Eric Nowicki came out of goal to attempt to save two goals and the balls were hit behind him. Saah was there to knock both of those balls out of the goal.Fourteen minutes into the second half, the Cabrini defense unraveled and let up their first goal of the game. At that point in the game, the Cavs were still tied 1-1.With four minutes left in the second half, it was an intense game. Freshmen goalkeeper, Eric Nowicki, held his own in the goal. A shot by Rutgers-Camden was ripped from 40 yards out and Nowicki gracefully saved the goal.Nowicki tallied up 11 saves for the game and only let three in.“Nowicki kept us in the game, without him the score would have been ran up more than it was,” junior captain Eric Collins said.With 4 minutes and 25 seconds remaining on the clock, Rutgers-Camden scored putting them in the lead with a score of 2-1.At the 2:16 mark, the clock stopped again for another Rutgers-Camden goal. With a final score of 3-1, the Cavaliers ended this game with another devastating loss pushing their season record to 0-3.On Sept. 8, there were four starting freshmen which is a change from last years starting line-up. With losing the whole mid-field and some defense, the young Cabrini team is still trying to get the right fit.All upperclassmen had good things to say about the freshmen and what they bring to the team. “The freshmen are playing great and were asking a lot from them this year with losing so many seniors but they are doing great and getting better every day,” Kyle Johnson junior, elementary education major, said. “The incoming freshmen have come in and made a big impact and fit in real well with the rest of us returning guys,” Collins said.“As for being a freshman on the team, I feel comfortable. The upperclassmen have been very welcoming and made it easier to feel a part of the team by making us do things together as a team,” Eric Nowicki freshman business administration major, said. Former Cabrini soccer player and now a sideline fan, Brian Raffle, had a few positive words of advice.“With a tough out-of-conference schedule early in the season, the team has looked very competitive. It’s hard after graduating so many seniors from last years team to instantly have chemistry on the field. These out-of-conference games will give the team a chance to do some fine tuning playing with each other before making another run at the CSAC championship,” Raffle said. Cabrini competed in the Haverford Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12. In their match-ups they faced Haverford College and Alvernia University. Unfortunately, the Cavs fell to both teams, losing to Haverford 0-2 and falling to Alvernia 0-1. The Cavs will face Johns Hopkins University home on Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Edith Robb Dixon Field.