Each year the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference announces regular season award winners and honorees within different sports. This year Cabrini’s men’s soccer team was recognized by the PAC for their hard work on and off the field.
Seven members of Cabrini’s men’s soccer team were honored to the 2007 PAC All-Conference Teams. The seven men were named to the teams on Nov. 6, 2007.
Senior Barry Magagna was one of the team members to receive recognition when he was named to the All-Conference First Team along with senior Joe Blaney and sophomore Jason Moran.
“Coach told me and I was excited but even more excited for the six other guys that received honors. It really shows our hard work this year,” Magagna, a senior political science major, said.
“I wasn’t expecting to be named All-Conference because Cabrini players have been overlooked in the past, especially defense,” Blaney, a senior computer information science major, said, thinking back on when he found out he and other teammates were named to the All-Conference Teams.
Magagna, a Philadelphia resident, played midfield and participated in all 20 games this season. Throughout the season he recorded four goals and three assists.
Blaney, also from Philadelphia, registered one goal and five assists in 20 games this season as a back. Blaney was responsible for the men’s first goal of the season when they defeated Rhode Island College 1-0 back in September.
Along with the three players named to the All-Conference First Team there were also four other players selected from Cabrini to the All-Conference Second Team for men’s soccer.
Senior Joe Rotan and sophomores Bryan Johnson, Brian Moran and Jason Moran were those selected.
“It means you left everything you had on the field day in and day out,” Rotan, a senior sociology and criminal justice major, said.
Rotan was able to record 27 points while playing in 16 games throughout the season before suffering an injury that caused him to miss the final four games of the regular season.
“I was not playing for individual accomplishments this year,” Rotan said. “I wish I was able to play out the last games of the year but it was a good ride while it lasted.”
While in action Rotan, another Philadelphia resident, scored 12 goals and three assists.
Five of those goals were game-winners and he was noted as scoring multiple goals four different times this year, including three consecutive contests.
The team ended the regular season with the defense only giving up 14 goals. The team also recorded 12 shutouts throughout the season.
“Everybody played an equal part in making this season successful,” Blaney said. “I’m glad I could end my career with such a great group of players and a winning season.”
“If it was up to me it would have been our whole team [to receive honors] but it was a good season and I’m happy for our accomplishments,” Magagna said.