The Cabrini men’s soccer team played what was anticipated to be a hard-hitting game in the blistering heat against rival Eastern University, but Cabrini was defeated.
The scoreboard remained blank until close to the end of the second half of the game when Eastern became successful at a goal attempt.
The first half of the game consisted of flags and attempted goals, none of which were triumphant. Eastern made a close attempt with 25 minutes left in the first half, but they failed. There was a little more excitement when the ball was kicked over one of the buildings next to the field.
The second half of the game picked up a bit more. Cabrini fans were worried when Troy Allen, sophomore undeclared major, was seen lying on the field in pain. Luckily for him and the rest of the team, it was not a serious injury and he was back on his feet in the game.
As the clock counted down, it wasn’t until six minutes, 29 seconds left in the game when Eastern scored the first and only goal of the game. Eastern fans seemed convinced and overjoyed that their team was going to defeat their rivals in their first game since last season against the Cavaliers.
Although the defeat was a disappointment to Cabrini and fans, Eastern gave the Cavs a challenge that was not present in past games.
Soccer fan Ben Nanna, junior English major, was heartbroken at the loss against Eastern. Although he does not get the chance to attend every match, he makes an effort to show as much support for the team as possible, bringing school spirit and a positive attitude.
“Truthfully, I thought the Cavs were going to win this one just because of their past with Eastern. But when they lost, I felt like someone took my child from me,” Nanna said.
Andrew Jacobs, junior business administration major, was pleased with the team’s performance up until the final 10 minutes of the match. Although the loss was not major, it was still a disappointment.
“It was a huge game because they are a huge rivalry,” Jacobs said.