Backed by two goals from junior midfielder Sammy Thompson, the Cabrini women’s soccer team cruised to a 4-1 victory over Wesley College at Edith Robb Dixon Field. With the win, the Cavaliers remain undefeated in the young season. Wesley remains winless, as they dropped to 0-2-1.
The Cavaliers got on the board first and never looked back. Junior midfielder Kara Hinklemon’s free kick off a re-start that resulted from a Wesley foul scored from nearly 40 yards out in minute 17. It was her first goal of the season.
Cabrini then added another goal in minute 27, when Thompson scored the first of her two goals off a corner kick fed from midfielder Dana Nardello. The Cavaliers would take a 2-0 lead going into half time.
As play opened in the second half, senior forward Annmarie Kolla scored her third goal of the season in minute 48 to put Cabrini up 3-0. She later assisted on Thompson’s second goal of the match, which proved to be the game winner.
The Wolverines got on the board in minute 62 on a goal from junior forward Kim Fearnbach, who forced a turnover in the Cabrini zone and beat goalkeeper Maddy Edwards on the run. That was the first goal the Cabrini defense has let up all season, a stretch of 332 minutes.
Last season, Cabrini held the second longest streak in the nation for Division III women’s soccer for not allowing a goal. They shut out their opponents in nine straight games, a total of 826 consecutive minutes.
The final goal of the match was scored in minute 69 when Thompson took a pass from Kolla that slipped by Wolverines goalie Sydney Kahan, who played the entire game.
Cabrini totaled 17 shots while Wesley had seven.
Edwards came up big, stopping four out of five shots she faced for her second win of the season. After playing 74:27 minutes of the game, she was replaced by freshman Sarah Means, who played the remainder of the game and made her collegiate soccer debut.
“Our message was just to score more than them and just to play our game,” Thompson said. “They beat us last year so it was nice to beat them at home.”
With the two goals she scored, Thompson is tied with Annmarie Kolla for the team lead in goals with three.
“They are a much tougher team than what they showed tonight,” Ken Prothero, head coach, said. “They were missing four of their senior players, so the game probably would have been much closer if they had a full squad. We just wanted to play tight defense, play our way and get out of here with a win.”
That is exactly what the Cavs did. The Lady Cavs put their undefeated record on the line on Sept. 11 against Washington College and came out victorious defeating Washington College 2-0. With this feat, the team now remains undefeated with a record of 5-0.