Seeking a bounce back performance after a tough 2-1 home loss on Saturday against Lock Haven, the Fighting Scots’ women’s soccer team responded in a big way with a 5-0 shutout win over visiting Pitt-Johnstown (0-9, 0-9 PSAC) on Tuesday night at Sox Harrison Stadium.
“I can tell you that with the leadership we have, I think the kids were motivated to not let that happen again,” Edinboro head coach Gary Kagiavas said after the match.
“We discussed how we let inferior opponents beat us and I think today they were more than prepared mentally to compete against anybody. I think no matter who we played today we would have done well.”
Nearly 20 minutes into the match, Edinboro (6-3, 5-2) struck first, finding the back of the net by way of a corner kick situation. Senior midfielder/ forward Jansen Hartmann distributed a beautifully placed cross to junior forward Alex Brown for a header to score from right in front of the goal.
“We’ve got four or five different variations of the corner kick and as the kids recognize it, I leave it up to their discretion to recognize which corner kick to take,” Kagiavas explained. “Our work rate was high from the start of the game.”
Just over 10 minutes later, senior forward/midfielder Alexis Becker found freshman midfielder/forward Chloe Work from the left wing as she was able to punch one in.
Work, who added another goal in the second half along with an assist, now sits at second on the team in goals this season and is tied with sophomore Ashley Mutkus for second on the team with nine points.
“Chloe has this ability, this uncanny ability, to score goals when she [has the chance]. You have goal scorers and then you have kids that can score goals,” Kagiavas said.
“Chloe, I think is going to be a true goal scorer for us...It’s really a luxury to have.”
Edinboro led 2-0 at halftime outshooting UPJ 10-1 in the opening stanza.
Less than seven minutes into the second half, a Mountain Cats handball allowed for Hartmann to score the Scots’ third goal of the night on a penalty kick.
Freshman Alex Root, who logged her first career start, scored her first career goal in the 68th minute on a Work assist before returning the favor just four minutes later on her second helper of the year with the dish back to Work.
“We’ve had an opportunity to play a lot of kids. I mean obviously with the two goal lead [it] gives you that luxury, but most of the time if it’s pretty close we can’t play that many subs,” Kagiavas said.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Baskey recorded the shutout with a pair of saves as the Fighting Scots outshot PittJohnstown 21-2 on the evening.
Edinboro will take a twogame road trip to first face Bloomsburg on Saturday afternoon with a noon kickoff, before facing local rival Gannon on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.
Mike Fenner is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.