Schilling nets winner as Lions start season off on right foot

chilling capped off the first win of the season for the Lions as she scored the game-winning goal with 16 minutes left in regulation.

The goal came off of an endline cross from junior midfielder Kristen Cubicciotti that Schilling headed into the top right corner of the net, allowing the Lions to edge past the Lady Captains of Christopher Newport University 2-1.

“It is definitely a boost of self-esteem,” Schilling said. “(Christopher Newport) was a pretty decent team and they came out really hard so it was a big win.”

Although Christopher Newport was chosen by coaches to win the USA South Championship for the second year in a row, the Lady Captains still could not handle the solid defense and powerful offense of the Lions.

Junior defensive midfielder Hillary Carney of the Lady Captains netted the first goal of the game with less than 10 minutes left in the first half.

The lead did not hold for long, as sophomore forward Jamie Kunkel tied it up at 9:40 of the second half. The goal came off of a big punt from freshman goalkeeper Jessica Clarke that was then tipped by junior forward Christine Mullin to allow for Kunkel’s goal.

Clarke picked up her first collegiate win in the comeback. The College kept Christopher Newport’s freshman goalie Erin Wojtkun busy, as she had 12 saves for the Lady Captains.

The game took place at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, Pa., due to rain over the weekend. Also, the Lions’ season opener at the Elizabethtown College Blue Jay Tournament against Ursinus College was canceled because of inclement weather.

The Lions will now move on to the Esprit Division III Tournament in Cary, N.C., where they will face the University of Puget Sound on Sept. 9 and Capital University on Sept. 10.

“The team can definitely win every game and stay undefeated like last year and make it to the national championship,” Schilling said. “Our schedule is a lot harder but I think we can do it.”