Earning their ninth straight shutout win in the final home game of the season, the Cabrini women’s soccer team defeated their Colonial States Athletic Conference rival Cedar Crest College with a final score of 7-0.
Pouring rain and high winds set the mood for the Cavaliers last home game of the season held at The Edith Robb Dixon Field on Saturday, Oct. 24.
“The conditions were rough to play in, but we got adrenaline, picked it up and started scoring,” Brianna Conner, junior back, said.
The game, which marked the lady Cavaliers ninth straight shut out win, the longest record in Division III, brought the team’s record to 11-5-1, as they look forward to the post-season.
In addition to it being the final home game of the season, the team also honored their seniors for their time spent on the team, complete with a reception following the game.
“Because it’s toward the end of our regular season, we need to get every win we can and for the seniors playing their last home game, it’s something they wanted to remember and we got the shutout. We need to work toward Centenary College to beat Arcadia’s record,” Conner said.
The Cavaliers dominated the first half because the ball was in Cedar Crest’s territory for the majority of play.
Junior midfielder Dana Nardello scored the first and only goal of the first half.
Heading into halftime, the score was 1-0 in Cabrini’s favor. During the break, family and friends of graduating seniors were invited onto the field one last time.
Coming on strong in the second half, senior forward Sabina DeGisi, assisted by Conner, scored the second goal for Cabrini just under five minutes into the half.
DeGisi then scored another goal assisted by Sammy Thompson, sophomore midfielder.
DeGisi’s two consecutive goals energized the offense allowing senior forward Heather Thompson to score bringing the score to 4-0.
Conner then shot and made a goal from nearly half field followed by junior forward Annmarie Kolla, who banged a goal into the net.
The final goal of the game was scored in the last minute of play by sophomore midfielder Kara Hinkelmon, marking her fourth goal of the season.
The lady Cavaliers look to continue their shutout streak when they conclude their 2009 season with a match at Centenary College scheduled on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m.