Edinboro soccer held scoreless in second loss of season

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 8:39 PM

The ninth-ranked Golden Rams of West Chester were able to use one first half goal to defeat the 20th ranked Fighting Scots on Saturday.

West Chester remained undefeated with a 10-0-0 ledger as Edinboro fell to 8-2-0 overall and 7-2-0 in the PSAC.

“The big games normally don’t end up being the prettiest games,” head coach Gary Kagiavas said. “It was a hard fought game and for the most part was pretty even.”

Edinboro did manage to outshoot West Chester, 11-10, and 8-4 in shots on goal, but were held scoreless for the second time this season.

“It seemed like a lot of possession that we tried to keep was not maintained. They had a lot to do with that. They were so highly explosive to the ball and very aggressive,” Kagiavas said.

In the sixth minute of the game the Golden Rams’ goaltender, Alex Srolis, came out of the box. Alex Brown was able to get past her and put a shot on net that was stopped by the defense.

Kagiavas said he felt his team made a lot of mistakes because they were put under pressure quickly throughout the whole game.

In the 28th minute senior defender Shannon Regan misfired on a clear attempt that Lexi Brown was able to capitalize on. Brown passed the ball beyond Edinboro goaltender Sarah Baskey to Haley Mangiaruga who put it in the open net.

“It’s not like they scored on a goal we couldn’t compete with. They had one or two other opportunities that Sarah was very good at and she made a couple of great saves. Someone is going to make a mistake on the day and that’s going to cost them the game. Unfortunately, we made one and they scored and when we caught them with our opportunities the keeper was very good,” Kagiavas explained.

Edinboro had several chances throughout the match, but were unable to get any shots past Srolis. Mutkus had a one-on-one chance in the 37th minute that was deflected by Srolis.

“We had some opportunities, but the keeper was pretty good, [and] she pulled off a point-blank save on Mutkus,” Kagiavas said.

He continued, saying the mentality of a forward is to shoot. When under pressure that’s exactly what they did and the goalie was up to the task. He said maybe they could have made one more pass, but noted it’s easy for him to say that from the sidelines while they are under constant pressure on the field.

Neither team was able to score in the second half. Alex Brown found an open lane to shoot with two and a half minutes left, but it went into the arms of Srolis. About 24 seconds later freshman Morgan Hamker had a one-on-one chance with Srolis, but Srolis blocked another shot.

The last recorded shot of the match came from Jess Sandhas off of a corner kick with 15 seconds left, saved by Srolis.

Baskey made three saves as she dropped to 8-2-0 on the season.

“There’s a reason they haven’t lost yet,” Kagiavas said. “They’re a pretty good team.” 

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