The No.1 seed women’s soccer team fell to the No. 5 seed, Immaculata University in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) semi finals. The Lady Cavs suffered an 8-7 shoot out loss at the end of the game. The team ended their season with a 14-3 record.
“Being on the team last year, I knew they were going to come back and have another great season. The seniors are a solid group of girls that have worked very hard throughout their time here,” Jamie O’Hanlon, senior education major, said.
“Before that game we were all prepared, and ready to play our best. We knew it would be a tough game and we had to give everything we had but I still never would have thought we would have lost,” Annmarie Kolla, senior forward, said.
“My expectations for the game were to win, I think everyone thought that we were going to win but they put up a tough fight,” Gianna Porretta, senior goalkeeper, said.
The game all came down to the end, with zeros across the scoreboard. The Mighty Macs battled it out with the Lady Cavs with 26 penalty kicks.
“There wasn’t one person sitting in the stands, it was one of those moments where you just get the goose bumps witnessing it,” O’Hanlon, said. “The game was back and forth the whole game, it was the strongest I’ve ever seen the Cabrini girls come out.”
“I believe that it was an overall team effort every person on team had to contribute to that game either in the 110 minutes we played, in penalty kicks, or from the sideline it was a team effort,” Porretta said.
Despite the recent loss, the women’s soccer team had an overall great season. After defeating Philadelphia Biblical University 6-1, the Lady Cavs were seeded No. 1 in the CSAC.
Senior midfielder, Dana Nardello was selected for CSAC player of the year. Head coach, Ken Prothero was nominated as the conference coach of the year. Senior, Annmarie Kolla has also been added to the CSAC Honor Roll. Kolla ranked first among the Cavs, came into the postseason with 23 points on eight goals and seven assists.
“I hope next year’s team is able to win it all. I think that they will want it now more than ever,” Porretta said. “The best part of the season was just being part of that team. We’re like a big family and I know we will never forget this season, win or lose. We had an awesome game and an awesome season.”
The women’s soccer team is graduating many of their key players including Porretta, Kolla, Brianna Conner and Nardello.
“It was great that we came in first place and had a 14-3 record. We deserved first place and worked hard for it,” Kolla said. “The best part of this season was the team and the coaches. We all had so much fun together. Every practice was so much fun and an escape from everything else going on.”