Boro loses quarterfinal matchup at home

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 at 6:35 PM

In a game Edinboro dominated on offense, Gannon was able to seek revenge from the PSAC and NCAA tournament last season by defeating Edinboro 1-0 Tuesday afternoon. 

In the first meeting between these two teams this year, the match ended in a 0-0 tie after two overtimes.

It took regulation and almost the entire overtime period on Tuesday for someone to score a goal.

With 31 seconds to go in overtime, Emily Cekella fired a shot from 45 yards out that went over the head of goaltender Sarah Baskey and ended the game.

Head coach Gary Kagiavas said the team didn’t play well and all the little things, especially injuries, caught up to them.

“We’re playing a lot of young kids and the situation is just too big for them. You need experience to be comfortable here. They were so anxious and nervous and it’s not their fault,” Kagiavas said.

He continued to say he does not know if the team could keep playing at a high level without healthy upperclassmen. He said it’s frustrating and unfortunate, but that’s how it goes.

About 15 minutes into the first half, Sidney Dobbins had a chance from 10 yards out that was saved by the Gannon goaltender.

With eight minutes remaining, Alex Brown had a shot from the right side of the net, but fired just high.

Edinboro came out firing in the second half; Ashley Mutkus gave a pass to a wide-open Halle Hammer who took a shot that was deflected by Gannon goaltender Shannon Differ.

“We had several chances and we should have finished them,” Kagiavas said.

A little over 10 minutes into the second half, Brown took a shot from 20 yards out, which was blocked by Differ and almost went in after she mishandled the ball.

One minute later, there was a cluster in front of the Edinboro net and Baskey was able to grab the ball to keep it out of the net.

With a little over 30 minutes remaining in the half, Mutkus made a pass to Dobbins right in front of the net, but it was defended well. Root was able to stop the ensuing clear and took a shot that went wide right.

Kagiavas said Gannon played tight and physical man-to-man overage and it made the team uncomfortable and did not give them a lot of time on the ball, which forced them to hurry plays.

Bethany Perri took a hard shot with 16 minutes left that went over Baskey and off the cross bar. It resulted in a high rebound that was eventually gathered in by Baskey and cleared.

In overtime, Alex Root headed a ball into the net, which appeared to win the game for Edinboro, but the whistle blew right before because a Gannon player committed a foul on Mutkus prior to the goal.

The Fighting Scots now wait on if they will make the NCAA tournament, or if their season has come to an end.

Edinboro vs. IUP

After climbing their way back into the rankings in the latest NSCAA poll, coming in at 23rd, the soccer team fell to Indiana (Pa.), 2-1, on Oct. 25 for their third loss of the season.

Following the loss, the Scots fell to 12-3-1 overall and 11-3-1 in the PSAC, while IUP improved to 9-8-0 and 8-7-0.

IUP had a few breakaways in the first half that went wide of the net, mainly because they were played well by goaltender Sarah Baskey.

“I actually think for the first time we weren’t prepared to play today,” head coach Gary Kagiavas said.

At 22:47, McKenna Keffel scored off of a rebound. Baskey blocked the first from Lexie Palluconi, but fell to the ground, so Keffel just had to put it out of reach and into the net.

It was 1-0 entering halftime after an IUP dominant first frame.

Ashley Mutkus tied the game at the 57:36 mark after some scrapping in front of the net. It was her ninth goal of the season and she now leads the team in scoring with 21 points.

Following the Edinboro goal, they put consistent pressure on the IUP defense and had a few chances, but were unable to capitalize on any of them.

With about 12 minutes left in regulation, IUP’s Cassidy LeDonne headed the ball into the net to put the 

Hawks up 2-1. Hannah Stoof lofted a free kick into the air and LeDonne easily put it past Baskey to take the lead.

“From here it looked like they wanted to go get the ball and we didn’t. They just beat us,” Kagiavas said about the second goal.

Kagiavas noted that the team has a lot of injuries and it is definitely affecting their play, but he felt this game showed a mental weakness rather than a lack of players.

Edinboro went into desperation mode the last five minutes and came close a couple times. Mutkus had a shot that went just wide of the net and Halle Hammer had a turn and shoot opportunity, but may have rushed it just a little too much and fired wide.

“I thought we were gonna get the second goal. I really thought we were gonna score before them, but they got the free kick and scored. That’s what it is,” Kagiavas said. 

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

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