Soccer scores early, edges out Cal 2-1

Category:  Sports
Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at 9:33 AM
Soccer scores early, edges out Cal 2-1 by Chris Rosato Jr.
Photo: Kelly Staschak

After a bumpy start, Edinboro’s women’s soccer team found themselves back in the winning column after a 2-1 victory over California University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday. 

Edinboro improved to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the PSAC after beginning conference play with three straight losses. 

Both of Edinboro’s goals were finished by Danielle Chatten after assists from Rebecca Manns in the first half. True freshman goalkeeper Anna Voelker earned the second win of her collegiate career after opening the season with a shutout at Notre Dame College in Ohio. 

Chatten’s first goal came in the 11th minute as Manns broke away down the left sideline before crossing the ball to Chatten in front of the goal. California goalkeeper Gianna Sinatra dove low for the block, but Chatten hit the net in the top right of the goal. She said a change in formation helped the team find scoring opportunities. 

I usually play up top and we played a new formation with me at center-mid, so I mean I really liked it there,” Chatten said. I felt like I had a lot more space and I just felt good to play there today.” 

In the 16th minute, Manns charged down the sideline again, making her way towards the goal before firing a shot from the left side. The ball was blocked by Sinatra, but Chatten returned the bouncing ball to the back of the goal from 25 yards away.  

Head Soccer Coach Gary Kagiavas said the two goals represented the game plan the team put together for the game, but that they had trouble sticking to it after earning their 2-0 lead. 

We knew that we had an advantage on the left outside forward, and we could get her the ball, and she could cross the ball, and somebody would be at least in the box to score. Those were the two opportunities we scored,” he said. As soon as we scored, even though we kept possession, the ball never went back outside again. It just tended to go straight down the middle.” 

Chatten, who was tied for ninth in the PSAC in goals last year with nine, boosted her season total to four. She has recorded at least one shot on goal in each game this season. 

The Vulcans’ lone goal came in the second half when Swedish-born Rebecca Lyxell scored with an assist from teammate Maraye Alexander. A diving Voelker deflected the ball, but could not direct it out of the net. 

Freshman Brittnie Spithaler received a bouncing through-pass and had California’s defense beat early in the second half before scoring past a diving Sinatra, but an offsides call wiped a third Fighting Scots goal off the board. Edinboro was on the receiving end of an offsides call five times while California was called offsides three times. 

The last chance to add to Edinboro’s score came from Marisa Zupen, who provided a line drive from outside of the penalty box. Sinatra was only able to deflect the high shot upwards into the crossbarwhich then rebounded over the goal and out of bounds. 

Kagiavas said the lack of ability to follow a game plan has hurt them during the still-young season, and that they were lucky to come away with the win even though he believed Edinboro could put the game further out of reach if they followed the plan. 

So as much as we won today, it was not a very good performance. It’s a win. That’s exactly what it is: it’s a win,” Kagiavas said. “Unless we put in 90 minutes of the game plan and execution of what we’re telling them to do, I don’t know how many games we’re going to win.” 

Chatten also said the team could have performed better, but expressed optimism moving further into the season. 

I mean, we didn’t play our greatest, but it feels good to finally win again,” she said. “We broke the curse so hopefully we’ll keep winning. 

The Fighting Scots will take on Millersville University on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Marauders suffered their first loss of the season on Wednesday at Kutztown University to fall to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Edinboro will then travel to Slippery Rock on Tuesday. 

Kagiavas said his team’s chances depend on which team comes to play: the team that follows a game plan or the team that makes up their own. 

“[Millersville has] three very dynamic forwards. They’re actually very, very good,” he said. I think if we show up and do what our game plan is, I think we’ve got a chance.

Chris Rosato Jr. can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com

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