The Cabrini women’s soccer team faced off in a wet match against Immaculata University. The weather did not look too promising on Tuesday, Oct. 2, but came to a drizzle as the Lady Cavs took Immaculata’s field.
That didn’t stop the Lady Cavs, who battled their way to a 1-0 victory over Immaculata.
Immaculata came out strong and had the first shot on Cabrini goalkeeper Maddy Edwards in the first minute of play. Edwards stood strong between the pipes and held her ground as she watched another shot miss wide.
The two teams went back and forth up the field with the ball, getting shut down by each others defense.
In the 20th minute of play, junior Bree Thomson had a shot on target but was denied by Immaculata goalkeeper Meghan McCurnin.
Cabrini would have two more chances as Julianna Ardire and Melissa Scanzano both had clear shots on net. Ardire’s shot was blocked by Immaculata’s defense and McCurnin made a great save on Scanzano’s attempt.
Cabrini was out-working Immaculata for most of the match but could not find the back of the net.
The mist and fog fell on the field as Cabrini made substitutions. Maura O’Connell, Bethany Feinberg, Alex Tralie and Breaghann Smith took the field in hopes of scoring the first goal of the game. Feinberg would be the first of the four to have a shot on net, but just missed the right post, sending the ball out of play.
Kerri Hinkelmon took the game’s first corner kick in the 41st minute, perhaps the best chance for either team in the first half. The ball sailed right in front of the net but was cleared out before the Cavs could take control.
O’Connell would have the last chance of the first half. Her shot would be denied by McCurnin and the half ended knotted at zero.
The second half of the game started off exciting as Immaculata fouled Cabrini junior Lauren Pallister a shot on goal but was saved.
Just two minutes later, Edwards was tested again with a shot that sailed just wide of the goal.
Edwards was on her game but the Cavaliers still needed a goal.
Finally, in the 74th minute, Ardire fired a shot of the inside of the crossbar off a corner kick to give Cabrini the all-important first goal.
Edwards continued to stand tall in net for the final 16 minutes, powering Cabrini to their second conference win of the season.
For Edwards, it was the 21st shutout of her career. She made four saves in blanking the Mighty Macs.
The win improved the Lady Cavs to 3-5-2 on the season. They remain unbeaten in conference play with a 2-0-2 record.
The women’s soccer team’s next game is home against Baptist Bible College, Oct. 6, at 12 p.m.