The Cabrini men’s soccer team concluded their season on Saturday, where they were defeated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Hobart College 2-0.
Hobart was ranked No. 4 in the country.
This was the first time since 1999 that the team earned themselvves a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Junior goalkeeper Bryan Johnson faced 13 shots and made 11 saves from Hobart.
The game was intense as the first half was completed without a goal from either school.
“Despite the loss, my teammates and I put in a lot of hard work throughout this season and I definitely could not have done it without them,” senior forward and human resource management major Mike McDevitt said.
The first goal came a little less than nine minutes into the second half of the game.
Hobart’s Kevin McCarthy broke the scoreless tie with a shot that proved to be the game winner.
Clancy Purcell’s goal in the final minutes left sealed the deal.
“Overall I think we played well. Obviously it wasn’t good enough to beat Hobart and we had our chances to score, it wasn’t in the cards for us to win,” junior forward and marketing major Michael Kroener said.
“We had our opportunities in the first half to take the lead but couldn’t capitalize,” McDevitt said.
“We had great play from our goalie who kept us in it throughout but in the second half Hobart came out very strong and we held them off until they caught a favorable bounce and it 1-0,” McDevitt said.
“We had a few good chances but still couldn’t score. In the middle if second half they scored again on an unstoppable shot,” McDevitt said. “Hobart controlled most of the possession but we hung with them the entire way. I was real proud of our team considering Hobart is unbeaten and the No. 4 team in the country.”
Cabrini finished the season with a 15-4-2 record.