Edinboro earns win over Mansfield

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 6:22 PM
Edinboro earns win over Mansfield by Erica Burkholder
Photo: Madi Gross

Edinboro broke a five-game streak of ties and losses, topping Mansfield University on Sunday. Danielle Chatten opened scoring less than a minute into the game with a goal after Ashley Mutkus’ shot was denied. Edinboro dominated the play and passing for a majority of the first half, though both teams’ goalkeepers had to come out of net to stop attacks at the 23rd minute. Brittany Hurey, freshman, scored her first goal for Edinboro from 30 yards out with a shot just over Mansfield’s keeper. The score would remain 2-0 going into halftime. 

Rebecca Manns opened scoring just minutes into the second half. Manns received a pass from Chatten, beat her defender and was left alone with Mansfield’s goalie. Mutkus would add Edinboro’s last goal. Mutkus’ goal came from a free kick a couple yards out of the box. Mansfield would become increasingly desperate for a goal, with their chance coming with less than a minute in the game. Mansfield received a corner and their goal resulted from the scramble in front of the net. 

Edinboro wore purple as it was the Fighting Scots Fighting Cancer game, and they received donations before and during the game. 

Edinboro’s defense left little scoring opportunities for Mansfield as Sarah Baskey only had to make one save. Mansfield’s goalkeeper, Dana DiCamillo, had 10 saves. 

Ashley Mutkus scored her 10th goal of the season and earned her 79th career point. 

When asked what this win meant, Head Coach Gary Kagiavas responded with: “Three more points [as we’re] trying to hit the playoffs. We’ve got four more games and if we get all the points there, I think we should be in, but our goal is to make the PSAC playoffs.” 

When asked about homecoming weekend and Fighting Scots Fighting Cancer, he expressed a belief that homecoming is a distraction, but the Fighting Scots Fighting Cancer day was important. “The cancer day is really important. The team wanted to do it.”

Erica Burkholder is a staff writer for The Spectator. 

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