A second-half penalty save by goalkeeper Aimee Feingberg-Danieli earned Cambridge a 1-1 draw at Te Awamutu and has made sure the team finishes runners-up in this year’s Waikato Women’s Division Two.
Cambridge went into the match in second spot but faced a competitive Te Awamutu side at The Stadium.
Cambridige took the lead after 16 minutes when captain Steph Upton found space and struck a sweet shot from 20 metres.
A minute before half-time, Te Awamutu found the equaliser to send the teams into the break at 1-1.
The second half was evenly balanced but the home side appeared to have the advantage when awarded a penalty.
Feinberg-Danieli (see main photo), playing her first season of senior women’s football, anticipated the spot kick and her save proved crucial to the result.
Coach Jamie McKean named her Player of the Day, not just for the penalty save but for the confident way she communicated to her defence and controlled the space around her.
Next Sunday, Cambridge host competition leaders Thames in the last match of the season.
The game promises to be a close affair and should provide a good measure of how far Cambridge have progressed in a season where the side has shown steady improvement.