Soccer team goes 2-0 to start off campaign

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 7:31 PM

The women’s soccer team shut out Davis and Elkins in a 4-0 win Saturday afternoon to move to 2-0-0 on the season.

The Senators averaged 4.56 goals per game last season and returned the points leader for all of Division II soccer from last year. On Saturday, however, they were only able to put two shots on net for the entire game. Edinboro, on the other hand, had a total of 18 shots on goal.

“Our defense is really our strength,” head coach Gary Kagiavas said. “We don’t give up too many goals; we’re not gonna give up too many shots.”

The Scots offense was clicking as they were able to score four goals on Davis and Elkins, who returned their goalie that only allowed more than one goal in a single game last season.

Kagiavas said he had his team make sure there was always a second defender on Katrina Giantsopoulos, the Division II scoring leader last year, so they were able to limit her scoring attempts.

Alex Root opened the scoring on a breakaway goal. Root kept the ball on the ground as the goalie was in no position to stop the shot. It was her first goal of the season and she was assisted by Danielle Chatten.

A little over 10 minutes later, midfielder Colleen Broadman found Alex Brown 10 yards away from the goal as Brown scored her second goal of the season and the 20th of her career. Brown is now 9th all-time in career goals.

In the 68th minute during the second half, Broadman had a penalty kick, which bounced off the post, but Halle Hammer was able to get to it. Hammer sent a cross to Morgan Hamker, who scored her first career goal to make the score 3-0.

Just a couple minutes later, Brown would land another shot on goal, which went off the goalie, Lauren Hill, however, Broadman was there for the rebound and scored her second goal of the season.

“We have several people who can score and each of our forwards gives us something different. I’m more concerned about the opportunities we miss because the game should be over by halftime and we shouldn’t be sweating it out at 2-0,” Kagiavas said of his team’s offensive ability.

Brown is six goals away from being tied for 8th place in team history and Kagiavas picked up his 195th career win.

Goaltender Sarah Baskey captured her first shutout win of the season as she improved to 2-0-0 on the season.

Baskey made a pivotal stop a few minutes after the Scots scored their second goal as she came out of the net to stop a breakaway chance for Giantsopoulos.

The women will take their first road trip of the season as they play at Shippensburg on Friday and at Millersville Saturday.

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

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