Hinkelmon’s early goal guides Cavs to title

By Jenay Smith
November 9, 2011

The women's soccer team defeated Neumann University 1-0 to win the 2011 CSAC championship. -- Photo submitted by Hunter Martin Photography

The women’s soccer team shattered Neumann Unitversity’s hopes of winning the CSAC championship when Kara Hinkelmon scored the game’s first and only goal as Cabrini won 1-0 on Saturday, Nov. 5.

“I kept my momentum up and just tried to stay calm and I scored three minutes into the game,” Kara  Hinkelmon, senior forward/midfielder, said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Even though there was nervousness in some of the teammates, as a whole they were confident.

“I was nervous but I was excited because I knew that we probably had the best team out there,” Sarah Means, sophomore goalkeeper, said.

For most of the team, there was never a moment where they doubted the team’s ability to win the championship.

“I knew we had it in us all along to win the CSAC Championship,” Gabby Meck, freshman midfielder, said.

The Lady Cavs had defeated Neumann by a score of 1-0 in the regular season as well but that was no reason for them not to push themselves.

“We had beaten Neumann earlier in the season but we’re not going to take that lightly,” Sammy Thompson, senior midfielder, said.

Hinkelmon’s goal was a sign that they had nothing to fear or be nervous about.

“This goal set the pace for the game and gave not only me but the rest of my teammates a confidence booster,” Danielle Kane, freshman back/midfielder, said.

Neumann did, however, start pushing themselves in the second half. Even though only one goal was scored in the game, the two teams combined for 19 shots.

“During the second half of the game, Neumann stepped up their game,” Kane said.

Still, this did not put a stop to the Cavs flawless performance. They kept up with Neumann and continued to perform at their best. After the game, the team couldn’t hold back their emotions.

“I just kept hysterically crying and I’m not one to cry and my whole team just kept looking at me, going ‘Wow, she’s that happy.’ I guess tears of joy,” Hinkelmon said.

Family members were also in attendance to congratulate Hinkelmon on the win as well as her goal.

“My brother, who I don’t get to see that often, actually graduated in 2009,” Hinkelmon said. “Having him there with his girlfriend, my mom, my dad and grandparents felt amazing.”

The road to the championship game was not an easy one but the Lady Cavs knew that their hard work would pay off.

“There was a lot building up to the game. Just knowing that we won it was like a great relief,” Thompson said.

“When we won the championship, our team was proud because all of our hard work and dedication had paid off,” Emily Dayton, freshman back, said.

So many were excited about the team’s success this season and their dedication to their sport.

This included their assistant coach, Jess Huda, who was speechless about how the season turned out and all the accomplishments the team made.

“I don’t know if words could express how proud I am of our team for doing what they did,” Huda said. “Upsetting the first and second seed teams, both on the road. It is an unbelievable feeling and I’m still not sure if I can put it into words. I’m just going to enjoy this feeling right now.”

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