Women’s soccer defeats Gwynedd-Mercy 2-0, advances to semifinals

By Jenay Smith
November 1, 2011

The Lady Cavs seized the field with a 2-0 win against Gwynedd-Mercy College on Monday, Oct. 31, at Edith Robb Dixon Field in a quarterfinal match-up.

“As soon as the game started, I knew we had it,” Noelle DiCioccio, sophomore midfielder, said.

There were mixed feelings in the air about what the outcome of the game against the Griffins would be but some members of the team felt that a strong start would be important.

“I felt confident and really nervous,” Dana Drake, junior forward/midfielder, said. “I just wanted the game to start. I had a feeling if we just pushed a little bit more we could beat them.”

The last game the Lady Cavs played against Gwynedd-Mercy went into double overtime and ended with neither team scoring. This made some feel uneasy.

“I felt a little bit nervous because we tied 0-0 the last time we played Gwynedd-Mercy,” DiCioccio said.

Family members and friends gathered in the stands anxiously waiting for the game to start.

The game was intense and that was heightened with the fear of Gwynedd-Mercy scoring. As the game went on, the seats became jam-packed with Cabrini fans who were hoping to see their team win.

Drake scored the first goal of the night less than 10 minutes into the game to give Cabrini a 1-0 lead.

“I was very excited. I was actually relieved that we scored so early into the game,” Drake said.

With a Griffin defender behind her, Cavalier forward/midfielder Dana Drake tries to maintain possession of the ball. -- Nick LaRosa / Sports Editor

Drake not only had friends and her teammates cheering for her but also had her mom as well.

“It’s amazing to watch Dana because she’s so accomplished and she tries so hard,” Bonnie Drake, mother of Dana, said. “She gives 110 percent.”

Bonnie was ecstatic about her daughter scoring the first goal.

“It was awesome,” Bonnie said. “I was so proud of her.”

Dana was very motivated by her mother and family being there. For her, it was more of a reason to boost her performance.

Sammy Thompson, senior midfielder, tallied the second goal for the Cavs late in the second half, securing the team’s win over the Griffins.

“I was nervous. I didn’t want it to be my last game,” Thompson said.

Thompson felt the team played well and that the game was a huge obstacle they overcame.

With the win, the team advances to the semifinal round and will play at Marywood University on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

“If we all come together, push and work hard, I feel like we can make it to Saturday’s game,” Drake said.

DiCioccio feels the same and thinks the team has everything it needs to get ahead.

“I think we have it all,” DiCioccio said. “I feel like we have the best team out there.”

The Cavaliers are confident that they will go all the way if they stay on the same page and keep themselves motivated.

“As soon as the game got under way I knew that we were going to win,” Thompson said. “We just completely outplayed them.”

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