Cabrini Men’s Soccer team lost 2-1 against Widener University this past Saturday, Sept. 14. The Cavs displayed a sense of team spirit by encouraging one another on the field throughout the game.
Goalie, senior Jim Beck, just didn’t want to let anything go by in the beginning of this game. At 33:12 into the game, Beck acted as a wall to Widener’s penalty kick, and was not letting anything in the net. At 4:14 into the game, sophomore, Sean Dugan, forward for Cabrini, used his skills well to make that first goal of the game to put Cabrini at a 1-0 lead. Only a minute later #9, Anthony Davis, of Widener University, found his way through Cabrini’s defense to put Widener on the boards at 1-1.
After halftime, Widener’s Josh Levin, scored their second and final goal, putting Widener in the lead at 2-1. Even though there were no goals in the second half, a fight did break out with 11:34 left in the game, giving one of Widener’s players a red card and two of Cabrini’s players yellow cards. Senior, Dan Jelleyman was another one who wouldn’t give up. He could be heard the whole game conversing with the team, and even talking to himself sometimes. When asked about some of the reasons they lost, Jelleyman said, “We can’t win 50/50 balls, we need to shoot more, and we have so much talent but we just can’t put it together.”
Doug Meder, coach of the men’s team, is in his fourth year as head coach and was assistant coach for seven years before that. He started practicing with these players in late August and hasn’t stopped since. He says their biggest strength during this game was “playing well together.” Their weakness on the other hand was one word and that was “luck.” Meder said they had trouble scoring and they were just struggling a little. He is still waiting for them to gel together and play as a team. Meder said, “We’ll hopefully have things together for Beaver [Arcadia University],” their next game.
The team has played in two tournaments before this game. They played two games at Randolph Macon College and lost 0-2. They also played two games at Haverford College gaining their first and only win so far. They left Haverford with one win and one loss. After the tournaments, their total record was 1-3, going into their first PAC game, which was lost making them 1-4 overall, and 0-1 in the PAC. This recent game against Widener was not a Pennsylvania Athletic Conference game, so they are currently 1-5 overall and still 0-1 in the PAC.