Gary Kagiavas captures his 200th win, Scots top Lock Haven to move to 7-1

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 9:33 PM
Gary Kagiavas captures his 200th win, Scots top Lock Haven to move to 7-1 by Michael McLaughlin

Edinboro soccer continued their best start in program history on Saturday as they defeated Lock Haven 3-0 and gave head coach Gary Kagiavas his 200th career victory.

Edinboro improved to 7-1-0 overall and 6-1-0 in the PSAC.

“I really don’t care about wins and what number I’m at. I’m an in the moment kind of guy,” Kagiavas said.

He continued talking and said he wouldn’t have known it was win 200 if someone didn’t tell him. He said anything he gets is because of his athletes and it’s all about them.

“All the ground work that was set in the past, these kids have taken and grasped,” Kagiavas said about this team, in the moment.

He said his athletes are always working. They are in the weight room even when they’re not necessarily supposed to be. The team is more together this year, and “every piece is important,” Kagiavas said.

All three goals were scored in the first half. Ashley Mutkus scored the first goal 14:27 into the game with a long shot that found the back of the net.

Mutkus also scored the second goal of the game, 14 minutes later with a shot from very close to the net to mark her team-high fifth of the season.

“We were tactically brilliant,” Kagiavas said. “We exploited their weaknesses time and time again and when they tried to
do something about it, they were three nothing down.”

Alex Brown beat a defender and beat Haven goaltender Bree Hilty at 31:46 to make the score 3-0. It was Brown’s third goal of the season.

“We got the three goal lead, but you don’t let up. You want to keep possession of the ball; we want to make them keep working,” Kagiavas said.

He continued by saying that if you keep going at Lock Haven like they did in the first half, they could attack right back.

He explained that Lock Haven is a good counter attacking team with a lot of speed up top.

“It’s not going to be pivotal to score a fourth goal,” Kagiavas said.

Kagiavas said most of Haven’s scoring opportunities came from over the top, so when the ball landed between the Scots defenders and goaltender Sarah Baskey, she would play up and go get the ball.

Baskey played the first 79 minutes in net and Allie Smyth was subbed in for the last 11 minutes, which was her first collegiate playing time. The two combined for three saves and Edinboro’s fourth shutout game.

The Bald Eagles have a grass field, so the conditions there are not ideal for anyone who is trying to play a fast paced game.

“It’s grass, it’s sloped, the conditions are just not ideal for us because we play on turf and we’re used to playing on turf,” Kagiavas said. 

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

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