Big second half helps soccer team put away Lady Cats

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 8:52 PM

The Edinboro soccer team used a three-goal second half to pull away from Pitt Johnstown on Sept. 27, winning 4-1. The Scots improved to 8-1-0 overall and 7-1-0 in the PSAC, while the Lady Cats fell to 0-9-0 in both categories.

Edinboro led the first half in shots by a 9-5 margin, but were only able to find the back of the net once.

Alex Brown scored in the 13th minute by playing the ball of a defender and into the net for her fourth goal of the year.

“We were missing Coleen (due to clinicals she had to attend) and we had a lot of aches and pains,” head coach Gary Kagiavas said. “I knew mentally it’s hard to get up for games like this, so it was hard to get motivated.”

Kagiavas continued by saying he expected this to happen and they had to “grind this game out.”

Halle Hammer scored the second goal of the game in the 50th minute off a cross from Brown to make the score 2-0.

Two minutes later, however, Pitt Johnstown responded with a goal of their own. Kaitlyn Eckley scored in the bottom right corner of the net to bring the Lady Cats within one.

“Until that point we were kind of just getting around. As soon as we got scored on they realized we might as well just finish this thing off,” Kagiavas said.

In the 68th minute the Fighting Scots scored two goals to extend their lead to three.

Ashley Mutkus scored in the box off a pass from Katie Felitsky and Alex Root scored on a breakaway 40 seconds later with an assist from Danielle Chatten.

“It’s nice that we have that ability that different players can score. It’s hard to mark all of them, so it’s a luxury really,” Kagiavas said.

Kagiavas noted the only piece they’re missing from last year is Jansen Hartman. With Chatten and Morgan Hamker improving faster than expected, as well as Root being a year older, the offense has depth and has many players with the ability to score.

“Week to week I don’t know who’s going to score, and that’s kind of the fun part,” Kagiavas said.

Goalkeeper Sarah Baskey improved to 8-1-0 overall on the season as she tallied one save in the game.

Mutkus is now tied for 10th all time with 19 goals and Brown is 9th all time with 22, as well as 10th all time in points with a total of 55. 

Michael McLaughlin is a sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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