Boro falls to Charleston in NCAA tournament

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 7:08 PM

In the first round of the NCAA tournament Edinboro fell to Charleston (W.V.), 3-1. The Golden Eagles scored two quick goals to open the match and the Scots were unable to rally.

Head coach Gary Kagiavas said the team played really well, despite the loss.

Charleston’s Ivey Nucelli scored 2:09 into the match, off a cross from Marieke Kramer. Nucelli put it in the top left corner for a 1-0 lead.

Following an Edinboro foul, Adele Siegel headed in a free kick from Kelci Winters to make it 2-0 in favor of the Golden Eagles.

Kagiavas noted the free kick was “exactly the same” from the last regular season game when the Scots faced IUP.

“There’s an area the keeper is hesitant to come out to because it’s no mans land, but she (Sarah Baskey) waited for the second kick to try and save it,” Kagiavas said.

Edinboro outshot Charleston 13-5 in the first half, but Eagles’ goalie Zoe Zyta and her defense kept on pace from a strong regular season. They had only allowed nine goals all year coming into the match.

The Fighting Scots came out from halftime firing, and after the first four shots of the half, Alex Brown scored on a header assisted by Ashley Mutkus. It was her 10th goal of the season and brought Edinboro within one.

The Scots continued their offensive attack, but the Golden Eagles would not allow any more goals.

“We totally dominated the entire game,” Kagiavas said.

Nucelli put the match away with her second goal of the game with 11 minutes left to play.

Kagiavas said he thinks the season ultimately came down to the team being tired and the team not being on top of the little things like they were in the beginning of the season. He also said they missed several opportunities in the game, which were uncharacteristic mistakes.

Edinboro goaltender Sarah Baskey finished with three saves on the day and her record for the season came to 13-5-1, which tied her record for wins in a season from last year. She is second all time with 26 wins and fourth with 12 shutouts.

Brown and Mutkus finished tied with points and goals for the season, each totaling 24 points and 10 goals. Brown finished her Edinboro career eighth in career goals (28) and ninth in points (69). Mutkus ends her junior year tenth all time with 56 career points. 

Michael McLaughlin is a Sports Editor for The Spectator and can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com

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