The season has come to an end for this years men’s soccer team as it was shut out against number one in the conference Arcadia University.
After beating Eastern, Cabrini was in a tie with the neighboring Eagles leaving each with one conference game left on the schedule to decide who would make the playoffs. Eastern beat Gwynedd-Mercy College 4-0, and with the Cavaliers losing to Arcadia they were knocked out of contention.
The team faced Arcadia at home in its last game of the regular season. Coming off a 1-0 win against local rival Eastern University, it needed to beat or tie Arcadia to advance to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference playoffs.
Ranked 23 in the nation, Arcadia was held to one goal in the fist half, leaving the Cavs a breath of life in continuing its season. The second half put the game out of reach as Arcadia scored two quick goals, one coming off a penalty kick. The kick was awarded after freshman Ed Gilchrist was forced to make a hard tackle in the box to prevent a potential goal.
Cabrini never was able to get on the board and gave up three goals in the second half en route to a 4-0 loss.
Cabrini finished the season with a record of six wins, seven losses and three ties. The Cavaliers went into seven overtime games winning only one. “We blew it. We were winning most of the games that went into overtime but didn’t finish our opportunities,” junior, Ian McDonald said.
Senior captain Sean Dugan after finishing his last season with Cabrini said, “We had a tough year plagued by injury. There was a lot of expectation going into the year and we didn’t live up to them. Despite the losing record I had a lot of fun with the guys on the team.”
Avid spectator and passionate supporter, finance major, Pat Tiberio said, “I was disappointed in their performance this year. They had a lot of potential.”
The talent will remain, as the young team will now wait for next season to get back on the field. “From what I saw the team has a lot of potential for the future. They just have to take it one game at a time,” Dugan said.
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