Soccer stomps Clarion, nets three in win

Category:  Sports
Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at 9:14 AM
Soccer stomps Clarion, nets three in win by Erica Burkholder
Photo: Kelly Staschak

Edinboro women’s soccer broke their five-game losing streak, winning 3-0 at home against Clarion on Oct. 3. The Fighting Scots are now 3-8 overall and 2-8 in the PSAC.

Edinboro struck early in the 5th minute with Rebecca Manns scoring from nine yards out. 

“I really honestly thought [with] the goal, I was going to mess up because I always try to turn on my left and I always get screamed at for turning on my left, so I was super lucky that it worked out on the cross. Danielle was like, ‘You got to learn when to one-time and when to take a touch.’ I don’t know if it worked out, the coaching helps and they’re great,” Manns said of her goal.

Brittnie Spithaler struck next, 2 minutes later, when she took a shot from about 10 yards out of the box and beat the keeper. 

“I was very happy with it,” she said. “I think it was my best goal of the season yet, and I’m excited about it that I scored. [I] had a few other opportunities that I could have got to, but it’s alright.”

The half ended with Edinboro leading 2-0. Edinboro outshot Clarion, 13-4, in the first, and Clarion had five fouls while ‘Boro had three. Clarion started out physical and got more aggressive as the game went on. 

“Clarion was probably our most physical game yet, which was a challenge, but we worked through it and I thought it was a good challenge to take on,” Spithaler said. 

Edinboro continued to push for another goal in the second half. A Manns shot was denied by the keeper and landed at Sidney Dobbins’ feet. Dobbins easily put the ball into the net with the keeper struggling to get back to defend. 

“It was really exciting, shout out to Becca Manns. It was basically her goal, [and] I just tapped it in for her. I’m happy with it of course,” Dobbins said. 

Clarion continued to push forward while attempting to bounce back, which left the ‘Boro offense with less room to maneuver without being drawn offside. The Fighting Scots defense was able to keep Clarion off the scoreboard for the duration of the match.

“We had some shots from further out, [and] we had a great scouting report, a great game plan and it worked within the first 10 minutes,” Head Soccer Coach Gary Kagiavas said. “We took care of business, but sometimes we’ve been getting those shots and they haven’t been going in, and today we just hit them, and they ended up going in. You just never know.We had great game plans the last couple of games and it just hasn’t rolled for us and today it did.” 

After over a week off, the Fighting Scots play again Friday when they face Indiana University at 2 p.m. at home. 

Looking toward the rest of the season, Kagiavas said: “Get on the road to Mansfield, [I] think we can beat them and then we have a couple of tricky ones with East Stroudsburg and Seton Hill, and then we get [University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown] and the last one is Bloomsburg. We could, I mean literally, we could win all of them. We just need a bit of luck... need a bit of luck and we can do it.”

Erica Burkholder can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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