The Edinboro women’s soccer team saw an era come to an end. It lost a senior class, which piloted Edinboro into a top-tier women’s soccer program in the Atlantic Region.
Head coach Gary Kagiavas hopes to continue the dominance, despite the loss of key players.
Kagiavas will attempt to fill the holes with a few new Fighting Scots as the coach, who will be entering his 20th season, announced 10 recruits as part of his 2015 recruiting class.
“The 2015 class has big shoes to fill,” Kagiavas stated in a release via the university’s sports information department.
“We have lost seven starters from a group of kids that made three NCAA appearances, four PSAC tournament appearances, had a two-time PSAC scoring leader in Liz Debo, while setting records in goal scoring and in shutouts. It also had our first Academic All-American in Meghan Kelly as well as our first soccer AllAmerican in Becca Costello. It was really an incredible group of players.”
In hopes of adding more incredible players to the program, Kagiavas added six players from within the state borders and four from Ohio, one of which transferred from another school.
“Halle Hammer, Abigail Gillespie, Katie Felitsky and Geena Gamble are expected to help us tremendously on defense, while Alex Root, Meagan Snyder, and Cayleigh Gibbons are expected to help increase our attack and hopefully through some skill and speed create scoring opportunities for us,” Kagiavas said. “In midfield Chloe Work and Julia Dundon are expected to be scoring threats and create scoring opportunities coming from their deeper attacking positions.”
The aforementioned Kelly was a four-year starter for the Fighting Scots in goal, leaving big shoes to fill, but Kagiavas believes he may have found the right person for the job in Sierra Davis, a transfer from Cleveland State. Kagiavas stated that Davis “is expected to challenge for the starting position in goal.”
Davis appeared in only two games last season, against UMass-Lowell and Madonna, with one start against Madonna, where she played all 90 minutes of a 5-1 victory where she registered two saves.
All told, Kagiavas is excited for what all the recruits will bring to the table for Edinboro women’s soccer.
“They will complement the returning group very well and will hopefully keep our program at the high level of play we have been playing at,” Kagiavas said. “I truly look forward to a new challenge with this tremendous amount of talent.”
Edinboro went 10-7-2 overall in 2014 and qualified for the PSAC playoffs, but failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time in four seasons.
Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for the Spectator. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter: @tylertrumbauer.