Soccer team uses strong second half to remain undefeated

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 11:04 PM
Soccer team uses strong second half to remain undefeated by Michael McLaughlin
Photo: Taylor Green

The 11th ranked Edinboro women’s soccer team used an early lead and a second half surge to beat Seton Hill Thursday night at Sox Harrison Stadium.

The Fighting Scots moved to 5-0-0 overall and 4-0-0 in conference play. This is their best start since the 2012 season.

“The 5-0 start is definitely a confidence booster, but everyday Gary (head coach Gary Kagiavas) says ‘don’t let it get to your head,’” junior Coleen Broadman said. She also said being ranked 11th is nice, but every game is an opportunity to show their strength and an opportunity for the rankings to change.

Shannon Regan scored her first goal of the season on a header 7:16 into the game from about 10 yards out. It was the senior’s second career goal.

“Shannon is very good in the air and we started pushing her up for corner kicks, and she is really a threat. Any time she is up there when the ball comes she has a great chance to score,” Kagiavas said. 

A little less than 13 minutes into the game Seton Hill had a penalty kick from the corner and it appeared they were going to tie it up, but Halle Hammer was able to block it right along the goal line before it could get in the net.

Kagiavas stated that was a big play as the team was only playing with a one-goal lead at the time.

In the beginning of the second half, Seton Hill was pushing up the field, trying to tie up the game, but once Edinboro got the ball and took it the other way they were able to build their lead.

Coleen Broadman scored from 15 yards out with a header from Abby Gillespie for her third goal of the season and gave Edinboro a two-goal cushion.

“1-0 is not a solidified win, so it was real important to get that second goal and to get the third was even better,” Broadman said.

“Coleen is a rockstar. She comes out of nowhere all the time; she is absolutely brilliant,” Kagiavas said.

To put the game out of reach for Seton Hill, Ashley Mutkus touched the ball into the top left corner of the net on a pass from Danielle Chatten to put the Scots up 3-0.

“That’s game over,” Kagiavas said about the third goal. “At three to nothing we empty the bench.”

Kagiavas said they were able to keep Seton Hill off the board by keeping the ball on the inside of the field and by shutting down the Griffin’s Emily LoPresti.

Goaltender Sarah Baskey had one save as she improved to 5-0-0 and recorded her second shutout of the season. 

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

Tags: soccer

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