Cedarville’s women’s soccer team came from behind to defeat Trevecca Nazarene, 2-1, Saturday, Oct. 31 in the first game of the G-MAC tournament and head coach John McGillivray’s last home game.
The Lady Jackets were down early. Three minutes into the game, the Trojans scored on a corner kick to go up 1-0.
Trevecca controlled the game early on, but with 16 minutes left in the half, Lady Jacket senior Jacoby Ziegler broke a defender’s ankles and had a shot on goal. The Trojan goalkeeper barely got her hand on it, but it was enough to keep it out of the net.
With two minutes left in the half, Ziegler took a hard cross pass in the box from senior Kylie Faxon, settled it, then put it in past the reach of the goalkeeper, tying the game at 1-1.
One minute into the second half, junior Grace Miorelli scored from the top of the box by a pass from Ziegler, putting the Jackets up by one.
Defense was solid the rest of the game, shutting out Trevecca despite numerous attempts by the Trojans. The visiting team poured it on in the final 15 minutes, attacking the Jackets’ defense. Trevecca came dangerously close to tying the game on a free kick from the left corner of the box, but junior goalkeeper Hanna Harris made a diving save to preserve the lead.
This was the first time in three tries this season that Cedarville defeated the Trojans. The first two games ended in a 1-1 draw.
McGillivray is stepping down at season’s end after 42 years of coaching at Cedarville. He’ll have at least one more chance to coach a game, as the Lady Jackets travel to West Virginia to face number one seed Davis & Elkins 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5.
Jonathan Gallardo is a senior journalism major and sports editor for Cedars. He loves creative writing and playing basketball, and he has only attended one soccer game in his life.