Soccer prevails despite injuries

Category:  Sports
Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 12:11 AM
Soccer prevails despite injuries by Michael McLaughlin

Edinboro soccer was able to hold off a late rally from Mercyhurst Oct. 5 as they outlasted the Lakers 3-2.

The Fighting Scots moved to 9-2-0 overall and 8-2-0 in the PSAC.

Following a scoreless first half, Edinboro scored three straight goals to open up the second half.

“We made an adjustment at halftime that helped us score three goals,” head coach Gary Kagiavas said. “We switched Danielle and we played right off her.”

Kagiavas went on to say Sidney Dobbins had success finding Danielle Chatten once they made an adjustment at halftime.

In the 48th minute freshman midfielder Chatten scored the first goal of the game as she got past the Mercyhurst keeper, Kristen Koch, and put the ball in the net.

Seven minutes later, senior Grace Kereky gave the Scots a two-goal lead with a cross-field shot from the left side of the pitch. The ball stayed on the ground and went in the bottom right of the net.

Alex Brown put the Scots up 3-0 when she put the ball into the top right corner of the net in the 61st minute.

“When we scored the third goal it started getting chippy and I had a concern my kids were going to get hurt, and then Danielle got hurt,” Kagiavas said.

Chatten’s injury is potentially season ending.

The Lakers, however, rallied with a pair of late goals. In the 74th minute, Maya Bauer took a pass from Maggie Hilton, after Hilton avoided Edinboro goalkeeper Sarah Baskey, and scored to make it a 3-1 game.

Kagiavas noted they made a mistake on the play, which led to Mercyhurst’s first goal.

Just a few minutes later freshman goaltender Allie Smyth was subbed in for Baskey and was given a yellow card after a collision with Bauer. On the penalty kick Rebekah Craig scored, which prompted Kagiavas to put Baskey back in net.

Baskey had four saves on the day and improved to 9-2-0.

Kagiavas said he felt Edinboro was the better team by far, but felt that Mercyhurst is a quality opponent. He explained that they [Mercyhurst] just lost a few games, which may have affected their confidence levels going into this game.

Michael McLaughlin is the Sports Editor for The Spectator and can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com

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