Boro wins last two to conclude their up and down season

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Boro wins last two to conclude their up and down season by Madi Gross
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On Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Fighting Scots women’s soccer team faced the University of Pitt-Johnstown and won 7-0. The game was the second to last match for the Fighting Scots in their regular PSAC season.

The first goal was scored eight minutes into the game (8:47 mark, Rebecca Manns and assisted by Halle Hammer) and the next was not until 29:53 when Danielle Chatten was assisted by Marissa Shields.

During the second half, Ashley Mutkus scored three goals and Rebecca Manns scored two additional goals, giving them both hat tricks. Mutkus’ three goals were scored at 55:22 (assisted by Halle Hammer), 75:29 (assisted by Coleen Brodman), and 76:24 (assisted by Kaylee Ferguson). Manns’ two goals were assisted by Alex Root (63:49) and Sidney Dobbins (72:30).

Pitt-Johnstown took 11 shots (six on goal) and Edinboro took 31 shots (19 on goal). Edinboro sits 6-7-3 overall and 5-7-3 in the PSAC and Pitt-Johnstown sits 1-15-1 overall and 1-13-1 in the PSAC.

Mutkus’ three goals brought her overall scoring total for the season to 15 with four assists. Mutkus’ total points for the season sit at 34. Mutkus ended this game tied for first in all-time Fighting Scots goals with 38. And this would change on Saturday when the Fighting Scots faced off against Bloomsburg University and won by a score of 1-0 in their last regular PSAC match.

This game was the team’s senior day match in which they recognized each of the team’s three veterans; Sarah Baskey, Brodman and Mutkus, before the beginning of the game. Each of the seniors ran through a tunnel made up by their teammates, met their coach and then their parents on the field and were given flowers. As each of the players made their way onto the field, their biography was read over the loud speaker for all to hear.

“It was pretty emotional being as it was senior day and our last day, which doesn’t always fall on the same day so it was emotional all around,” said Mutkus.

The game remained completely scoreless the first half, and it wasn’t until the first and only goal of the game was scored by Mutkus (assisted by Chatten) occurred at the 50:57 mark. This goal gave Mutkus ownership of the number one spot for all time goals and points scored with a total of 39 goals and 92 points. This game was the 16th shutout for Baksey, as well.

“I never really focused on it much before [and] I hardly noticed I was even close to achieving it until a couple games ago. It’s a great thing to walk away with after a season where I have not been as successful as I’ve been in the past,” Mutkus stated in regards to breaking the record.

Although rain poured onto the field throughout, the Fighting Scots were able to pull through with one last win for their season.

At the beginning of the season Head Coach Gary Kagiavas added 20 new freshman to the team’s roster, making up over half the team. Throughout the season, many of those players received playing time.

“I want to say the best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores,” said Kagiavas. 

He continued: “Some of the freshman figured things out pretty quick, some of them took a little longer. By the end of the year, I think they figured out what it means to belong to a team, [and] they figured out what it means to play for each other and play hard for each other so I’m kind of looking forward to next year.” 

Kagiavas also acknowledged the seniors that will be leaving this year and has hopes that the players on his roster will “stand up and replace those that are leaving.”

The Fighting Scots women’s soccer team now goes into their offseason as they did not clinch a PSAC playoffs spot. The team finished 7-7-3 overall and 6-7-3 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for the 2017 campaign.

Madi Gross can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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