Leadership Profile

Soccer Team Proves a Winner in Loss to Cabrini

When Molly Chenot joined the Cabrini College soccer team four years ago, she was considered a lock to be a four-year starter and a candidate for Colonial States Athletics Conference all-star honors. Unfortunately, the effects of the concussions she suffered in high school wouldn't go away, and despite participating in every team practice and being named a team captain, Chenot couldn't be cleared for even a single minute of game action.

That is, until Cabrini's Senior Day game against the Cedar Crest College Falcons on Oct. 27. At the beginning of the game, Chenot was allowed to dribble the ball all the way to the Falcons' net and kick the ball into the goal uncontested. It was the kind of gesture that clearly brought out Chenot's emotions, as well as those of players on both squads. Cedar Crest was then allowed to tie up the score and Cabrini went on to win a hotly contested game by a score of 4-1.

Nicole Pietrobon, head coach of the Cedar Crest soccer team, said Cabrini Head Women's Soccer Coach Ken Prothero contacted her about a week before the game about Chenot's situation. Pietrobon said of her team's gesture: "Soccer is a sport that gives back what you put into it. Being a part of 'Molly's day' was a privilege for us. When we were asked to perform this act of sportsmanship, not one of us could even fathom saying no. We wanted Molly to have the same experience that we were fortunate enough to have."

Prothero was so happy for his player and appreciative of the Cedar Crest team's cooperation, he e-mailed the following to members of the Cedar Crest athletics department: "After the game, I had many fans and family of our team approach me, impressed with what Cedar Crest did for Molly. I am extremely thankful for the extraordinary sportsmanship of Cedar Crest, Coach Pietrobon, and everyone that helped make this memorable day possible."

To watch Molly Chenot score her goal against the Falcons, click here.