The lady Cavaliers lost to Marywood 4-2 on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Edith Robb Dixon Field.
Cabrini failed to get revenge on the team who ended their season last year in the Colonial States Athletic Conference playoffs, which ended in penalty kicks.
“Going into this game was an unexplainable feeling because, as Ken reminded us several times, ‘they shattered our dreams last season’ and there is no way they are a better team than us. I was excited to meet with this team finally on our home field and I just wish that it would have ended in our favor,” Brianna Connor, junior English secondary education major, said.
Marywood wasted no time getting started by greeting their rival hosts with a goal in the third minute of the game from Lisa Hanselman 20 yards out.
After the goal, the game was quiet, with no goals the rest of the first half but the play went back and forth with chances from both sides. At the end of the first half Marywood recorded eight shots compared to Cabini’s three shots.
“We came out in the first half timid and scared and they were on top of their game. They scored early just about 10 minutes into the first half of the game and it really set us back. We were flat from the beginning and I think that if we were ready, we could have gotten an early goal to build our momentum,” Connor said.
The Cavaliers came out with a sense of urgency in the second half trying to get back into the game.
Cabrini tied the game in the 56 minute with a goal from senior forward Sabina DeGisi for her fourth goal of the season.
However, the tie was short-lived when the visiting Pacers answered back with another goal from Hanselman when she headed the ball in the goal off a restart in the 67 minute. Two minutes later, Marywood scored again with a 25-yard shot from Olivia Habicht giving them a 3-1 lead.
“I think everyone’s confidence got down when they scored two goals in a row and it was 3-1. I think everyone got their heads down and didn’t try as hard as we could have,” Annmarie Kolla, junior elementary education major, said.
Cabrini responded back and got themselves back into the game with a goal from Maddy Edwards in the 81 minute from a 25-yard shot.
The goal cut the deficit to 3-2 with only eight minutes left to go in the game.
However, Marywood put the nail in the coffin when they went back up two goals late when Jennifer Slesinski scored on a fast-break up the right sideline in the 83 minute to go back up two goals.
The game ended up 4-2 and Marywood was successful in ruining the Cavalier’s revenge.
“Everyone put out their best today. This was my first game back and I feel we played really well. The game was very physical and we were ready for anything,” Kara Hinkelmon, sophomore exercise science major, said.
The loss drops the Cavaliers to a record of 2-5-1 and 0-1-1 in the CSAC Conference. Cabrini will look to rebound with a game against the College of Notre Dame Wednesday at 4 p.m.
“A loss is a loss, you learn from it. Learn from your mistakes and try to fix them. We just have to learn from this and fix it. We know we can pull out with a conference title,” Hinkelmon said.