By Adam Weisman         

The girls’ soccer team finished their thrilling 2011 regular season with a spotless record.  Before their unexpected and sudden demise in the playoffs, the team’s catalyst, Gabrielle Cappello, took home the trophy for MVC Player of the Year.

Cappello, who had been on varsity since her freshman campaign, scored an impressive 13 goals and captained the Golden Warriors to a 14-0-3 regular season record.  It was her playmaking capabilities and ability to improve the play of her teammates that made her a special player according to junior forward Devon Caveney.

“Gabby was very important to our team.  She always knew when to pass the ball and had a knack for scoring when we needed a goal,” said Caveney.  “She inspired the team with her effort, and the team improved their play because they wanted to emulate her.”

The ability to galvanize her teammates was one of Gabrielle’s most endearing qualities as a soccer player.  When asked about her leadership tactics, Cappello explained that she “did [her] best to make everyone feel like a part of the team” and that she “took that extra step to be the captain and really put forth everything [she] had on and off the field.”  Even with constant praise throughout the season, the humble star admitted she didn’t expect to garner the MVC’s top honor. 

“Being voted player of the year really shocked me and hit me hard,” Cappello said.  “It was a big accomplishment, and I had been working hard for something like this.” 

The 2011 Warriors finished with a season they can be proud of, and while it may have come to a disappointing end, the team can take solace in the fact that the league properly recognized their leader.