Men’s soccer falls to Arcadia in 2-1 loss

By Christina Cimmino
October 27, 2006

Shane Evans

The men’s soccer team’s overall record is 10-6-0 and their Pennsylvania Athletic Conference record is 3-4.

Head coach Glen Jaskelewicz, who is in his second season with the team, said, “After beating Eastern, I was worried about a let down with the Arcadia game, but we scored early in the game. We tried to make the score 2-0 but we didn’t and we sat back the second half. ”

Arcadia did not tie up the game until the second half. Then the game went into “golden goal overtime.” This happens when, the first team to score in a given 20 minutes wins automatically. Arcadia scored in the first two minutes and won the game.

Brent Benner, a senior exercise science major, said, “I don’t think we played our strongest but we stuck with them for 90 minutes. The fact that we took them into overtime is important because they usually crush us.”

Arcadia places first in the PAC standings while the Cavaliers are placed sixth. Last year, Cabrini also lost to Arcadia 0-3.

Jason Moran, a freshman English and communication major, said, “Coming into the game I thought we could win. It was a hard loss to a good team.”

Cabrini started off the game very strong when Moran, a midfield starter, scored in the first 30 seconds of the game with an assist from Mike McDevitt, a junior midfield and forward.

“Jason has been a pleasant surprise all year. He’s on the starting line-up rather than being the first guy off the bench. He’s made really big goals for us this year,” said Jaskelwicz.

“The goal was huge for us early in the game. It was a huge confidence booster but it would have helped if we finished out a few other opportunities,” Benner said.

Cabrini showed a strong defensive strategy in the first half of the game, only allowing Arcadia to get two shots on the goal and two corner kicks.

A definite stand-out moment of the game was when goalie, Colin Hinkelmon, a sophomore elementary education major, was punched in the face by one of Arcadia’s players. Hinkelmon said, “I tried to stay calm to the situation. I figured if I kept my head, then the rest of my team would follow my example.”

In response to the incident, Jaskelewicz said, “I was happy that the referee took care of it and the way that our guys handled it showed maturity. It’s really good that we hung with them.”

“When your goalie gets punched in the face, it’s not necessary. I wouldn’t have expected that from Arcadia,” Benner said.

Experience is a strength for Arcadia who had nine seniors on their team compared to only one senior on Cabrini. Also, the Cavs were not able to take advantage of many opportunities that could have helped them win.

Brian Moran, a freshman history and secondary education major, said, “We should not have sat on a one goal lead. It’s dangerous.”

Hinkelmon said, “We had the best team at that point in the conference on their heels. We felt that we outplayed them but if you are going to lose you might as well lost to the number one team.”

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