November 3, 2007

RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Holy Family University used a 36th-minute goal by senior midfielder Kaitlin Gavaghan (Philadelphia, PA) to win the championship game of the 2007 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer Tournament, 1-0, over Philadelphia University on Saturday evening. The match was hosted by Felician College at Tryon Field.

Top-seeded Holy Family (14-7) won its sixth CACC title in the last nine years, and earned the league's first automatic qualifier in women's soccer to the NCAA Division II New England Regional tournament. The Tigers also avenged a shootout loss to Philadelphia in last year's championship game.

On the game-winning goal, Gavaghan took possession of a deflected ball, took a few dribbles, and fired a 25-yard bounding shot from the right wing that got past the goalkeeper and into the lower left corner of the net. HFU kept the Rams (14-6) off the scoreboard despite a 20-11 shot disadvantage, including 15-4 in the second half.

Tournament Most Valuable Player Kelly McGrogan (Philadelphia, PA) made seven saves in earning her third shutout of the week. Philadelphia's Melissa McMullen (Eastampton, NJ) hit the crossbar with a 62nd-minute shot.

The field for the NCAA Tournament will be released Monday evening.

The results of the tournament and the All-Tournament team are listed below.

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, Oct. 30

#1 Holy Family 1, #8 Nyack 0

#2 Philadelphia 3, #7 Caldwell 0

#3 Georgian Court 2, #6 Post 1

#4 Wilmington 2, #5 Dominican 2 (Wilm. wins PK Shootout, 4-2.

Semifinals, Thursday, Nov. 1, at Tryon Field, Rutherford, NJ

Holy Family 1, Wilmington 0

Philadelphia 3, Georgian Court 0

Championship, Saturday, Nov. 3, at Tryon Field, Rutherford, NJ

Holy Family 1, Philadelphia 0

All-Tournament Team

Kelly McGrogan, GK, Holy Family - MVP

Kaitlin Gavaghan, M, Holy Family

Leah Froncek, D, Holy Family

Meghan McCusker, M, Holy Family

Jennifer James, M, Holy Family

Michele Petruzzi, D, Philadelphia

Melissa McMullen, M, Philadelphia

Sara Redka, M, Philadelphia

Kelsey Abelein, D, Georgian Court

Lindsay Hammond, GK, Georgian Court

Chelsea Genco, M, Wilmington

Amanda Jenkins, GK, Wilmington

Katrina VanAlstyne, M, Dominican

Jackie Sutton, M, Post

Kim Fenton, F, Caldwell

Megan Detamore, D, Nyack