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
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