Soccer still on fire, tops California University

Category:  Sports
Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 11:09 AM
Soccer still on fire, tops California University by Erica Burkholder
Leah Czechowski battles for the ball during the game against Cal. U. | Photo: Amber Chisholm

The Edinboro women’s soccer team put on a senior night show in their 3-0 win against California University of Pennsylvania on Saturday. The win pushed them to 9-2-2 overall and 9-0-2 in the conference.

Freshman Leah Czechowski would get on the board late in the first half, scoring a goal off a Rebecca Manns play. Manns would dribble around the goalkeeper, who had come out to face her. Czechowski, then facing an open net, scored.

“I was hoping Becca would poke it through. I don’t know if she meant it as a pass, I don’t think she did, but it was the most amazing pass ever,” said Czechowski.

“I was like I have to do this. I was so excited when I saw that ball,” she continued.

Jessica Frank then opened the scoring in the second half off a rebound from an Ashley Bayer shot.

The final goal came with less than 10 minutes left, as Danielle Chatten sealed the game for Edinboro with a shot from 15 yards out. The blast sailed into the upper right, leaving the goalie with no chance of a save.

“Most of my friends and family were here to watch, so that was a big deal for me. I really wanted it to happen,” said Chatten on her goal.

Sidney Dobbins, Aubrey Billittier and Chatten were honored before the game as part of senior night. All three lived up to the honor: Chatten scored, Dobbins was constantly on the move for ‘Boro to help keep possession, and Billittier’s presence on the field seemed to boost the rest of her team.

“Everyone knows what the other guy is doing,” began Head Coach Gary Kagiavas. “We do our best to try and change it up; today we changed a little bit of our formation. At the end of the day, they had us down for the first 20 minutes, bogged down a little bit, [but] once we get going, we do a lot better.”

Chatten spoke on the overall season. “I mean, we’re on track to be one of the first undefeated PSAC teams in a really long time. That’s definitely one of our bigger goals [in] just playing as a team and getting better every game.”

The Fighting Scots faced Clarion on Wednesday (after press deadline) and travel to Gannon on Oct. 30.

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