The Lady Cavaliers gave family and friends a show on Cabrini College’s annual Family Weekend coming out with a 2-1 overtime win over Marywood University on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Edith Robb Dixon Field.
“It’s always good to get a win on family day,” 17-year head coach Jackie Neary said. “The stands were great and it was a great day.”
Coming off two huge wins over Notre Dame of Maryland University and Widener University totaling a combining 14 goals, the Blue and White added another win to their total.
Neary said it felt “great” going into this game with those two big wins. However she added that the lack of scoring for the Lady Cavs in this game was “disappointing.”
“There were a lot of missed opportunities,” Neary said. “I am hoping that we can rebound.”
In the first half, the momentum was very strong on both sides. Marywood put up a bigger fight then expected but Cabrini kept the ball in the Pacers zone for much of the half.
The Blue and White proved the domination by taking nine shots to Marywood’s one by halftime. Finally being able to capitalize in the 18th minute Cabrini senior Katie Savage tallied her third goal of the season, which, like her first goal, came on a penalty shot.
“I was telling myself to be confident,” Savage said. “I think confidence is the key when put in stressful situations.
“Whenever my dad tells me think positive, he makes a positive plus sign with his hand. While doing my stroke, I thought of this in my head in order to reassure myself that I could do this. I wanted to put my team in the lead and this was the way I could do it, I guess I have to my dad to thank.”
The first half ended with the score at 1-0 in favor of the Cavaliers, despite the lopsided number of shots between the two teams.
The second half started out with the Cavaliers pushing the Pacers again, continuing to out-shoot them, 10-3, leading in corners, 7-2.
With a single push down the field, the Pacers found the net in the 52nd minute with a goal from Marywood freshman Julie Kowalski.
That would force the game into overtime, as neither team could find the net for the remainder of regulation.
Going into seven-on-seven overtime, Cabrini proved their domination of the whole game by again out-shooting their opponent 7-0. The thrilling game-winner came on Cabrini’s 14th shot on goal and 19th corner. Freshmen Kerry Anne Farrell picked up her own rebound to beat Pacers’ goalkeeper Natalie Winters 6:32 into overtime.
“It was nerve-racking,” Farrell said. “ I was told to take the shot, and got my own rebound off the goalie. I just put it back into the goal.”
This win brought the Lady Cavs’ to their second CSAC win making them to 2-0 in conference play and 4-4 on the season. Their next game is Wednesday, Sept. 26, against Stevens Institute of Technology at Edith Robb Dixon Field at 6:30 p.m.