The women’s soccer team lost to Arcadia University by a score of 2-0. The Cavs took home field at noon on Saturday, Sept. 15. A crowd of 127 filled the stands to watch Maddy Edwards protect her home turf as she tended the Cabrini net.
With roaring crowds, the game picked up fast as Dana Peterson had a shot on Arcadia’s Veronica Willig, at 8:45 into game play. The shot was saved by Willig as Arcadia scrambled to get open and rush down the field.
For the next four minutes it seemed to look like Arcadia could not keep their team chemistry together as they struggled with two fouls and two offsides. Both fouls were by Arcadia’s Fatima Elmedkhar. The Cavaliers could not capitalize on Arcadia’s mishaps.
Things started to look good for Cabrini as Melissa Scanzano ripped a shot on Willig but was denied. Scanzano would receive a foul but had another shot at the net during the 22nd minute of the game. The shot sailed wide right as the crowd gasped in anticipation of a goal.
Arcadia answered back a few minutes after Kim Canfield missed wide, keeping the Cavaliers in high hopes of drawing first blood.
Willig stood strong in net for Arcadia as Dana Peterson and Alex Tralie both had chances to score late in the first half. At half time, the score remained 0-0 as the two teams took time to recharge and figure out their new strategy.
Right out of the gates for the second half, both teams were hungry for the first goal. Arcadia had a chance to score but Edwards denied the attempt and came up with a great save.
But it didn’t stop there. Arcadia hammered Edwards with shots from all angles until the ball found its way through off a rebound for a goal by Rachel Bradd.
It was a tense second half, Arcadia piling on shot after shot. Edwards looked strong between the pipes. Late in the second half Arcadia took a corner kick that would be redirected into the net off of a header by Ashley Vaitis.
Cabrini women’s soccer fell to 1-3 with the loss.
Peterson led the team with two shots on goal. Also adding shots on goal were sophomore Melissa Scanzano and junior Bethany Feinberg. All four shots were denied by goalkeeper Willig, who posted a shutout.
Despite allowing two goals, Cabrini goalkeeper Edwards also posted three saves, allowing the Lady Cavs to keep the game close into the game’s final moments.
“We came out strong and the team chemistry was good,” senior Morgan Hudson said. “It is always a challenge with injuries and new players. Today’s game just did not go in our favor.”
The Cabrini women’s soccer team will face Marywood University on Saturday, Sept. 22, for their next home game. It is scheduled for 4 p.m.