Edinboro Athletics off to strong fall sports season

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 at 9:01 AM
Edinboro Athletics off to strong fall sports season by Nate Steis
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EDINBORO - Edinboro Athletics is off to a strong fall sports season in 2021, with various individuals and teams earning a collection of distinctions around the halfway point of fall competition. 

Soccer 

The Edinboro women’s soccer team has been ranked as high as 11 in the nation for Division II. The team is out to a strong 6-2 start, and snapped a two-game skid on Saturday, October 2 with a 1-0 shutout victory over the Mountain Cats of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Back on September 13, freshman Morgan Wissner was named the PSAC Athlete of the Week. In goal for Edinboro has been Anna Voelker who has helped Edinboro to four shutouts through eight games played. They return to action on Wednesday, October 6 in a home contest vs. the Griffins of Seton Hill University. 

Volleyball 

Edinboro volleyball is off to a blazing hot 11-1 start and a 4-0 mark in PSAC West play. This group has won seven straight games, and awaits a massive PSAC contest, as they travel to face the current top team of the PSAC West in Gannon University on Tuesday, October 5 at 6:00 p.m. It will be just the second road match for Edinboro this season, and will be one of the more intense matches of the season for this Missy Soboleski led group. Two-sport star, Bella Burrelli, is on a tear this season, recording 165 kills and 133 digs so far this season. Freshman outside-hitter Abby Monn has proven to be one of the bright young players for Edinboro, as she has collected 135 digs and 109 kills on the year. Setter, Alicia Eldridge, has also gone over 2,000 assists for her career and is nearing 500 for just the 2021 campaign alone.

Women’s Cross Country 

Edinboro cross-country continues to be a great standing tradition, and 2021 is no exception. On the women’s side, the team took home a first-place finish in the Doug Watts Open to kick-off the season on a high note. They followed it up with a fourth-place mark at the Lock Haven Invitational, and will head to Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday, October 8 for the Royals Challenge. The Fighting Scots have been ranked as high as 26 in the country on the women’s side and were selected as a favorite to win the Atlantic Regional Title and advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Kimberly Goerss has turned in two Top 10 finishes in the first two races, with a third-place finish at the Doug Watts Open and an eighth-place mark at the Lock Haven Invitational. Sheilah Cheruiyot and Anna Alberti have also turned in top ten performances this season for Edinboro. 

Men’s Cross Country 

The men’s cross-country program is also looking to repeat and maintain their crown as PSAC Champions, just like the women’s program. They came into the 2021 campaign ranked as the number four team in the Atlantic Region, and they have started the season strong with a first-place finish at the Doug Watts Open and a third-place mark at the Lock Haven Invitational. In the Doug Watts Open, the first seven individuals to cross the finish line were all Fighting Scots, a sign of the depth this team features again in 2021. Ward Ries was named the PSAC Athlete of the Week for men’s cross-country on September 13. Ries was the winner of the Doug Watts Open as an individual, and turned in another Top 10 performance in the Lock Haven Invitational, finishing sixth overall. Teammate Nick Amos has also turned in two Top 10 marks, finishing second overall at the Doug Watts Open and eighth in the Lock Haven Invite. The men’s program will also compete at the Royals Challenge on Friday, October 8 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Women’s Tennis 

Edinboro Fighting Scots women’s tennis sits at 2-0 this fall with victories over Grove City College and Allegheny College as a team. As individuals, they have competed at the ITA Regional Championships and PSAC Championships most recently. At the time of this article, complete results for the results were not available and will be updated during the next print edition of The Spectator. This is a mostly young team for Head Coach Kody Duncan, with no seniors and just one upperclassman on the roster. However, there is plenty of young talent and some experience returning for what could be the best women’s team in the Kody Duncan era. 

Men’s Tennis 

The Edinboro men’s tennis team featured not a single upperclassman in 2021, but despite this, they won the PSAC Championship and advanced to the Atlantic Regional semifinals. All the members of the championship squad return and hope to add another PSAC crown this school year. This fall, the team defeated Allegheny College, 7-0, in their only match of the season. They sent some individuals to West Liberty and the ITA Regional and PSAC Championships. At the time of this article, complete results for the results were not available and will be updated during the next print edition of The Spectator. With a solid foundation already in place, the Fighting Scots need to solidify their team in doubles contests and continue to build on the success the program had from top to bottom in singles action in 2021. 

Football 

Edinboro football played their most complete game of 2021 on Saturday, August 2 as they defeated the Seton Hill Griffins on the road by a score of 17-7. This win was the first for the program since November 2019 and the first for second-year head coach, Jake Nulph. Nic Cunningham and Mike Watkins were able to find the end zone for Edinboro during the victory, while kicker Vicente Arriagada connected on a field goal from 27 yards out. As homecoming approaches, Edinboro football welcomes nationally ranked Slippery Rock University to town on Saturday, October 9. A win for Edinboro would be their first over The Rock since October 21, 2017. Right now, Edinboro football is 1-3, but have made massive strides since their opening loss to Shippensburg University. Edinboro the last two games have given up just 27 total points, while the offense has done enough to give Edinboro a chance to win the last three games against West Chester, California (Pa.), and Seton Hill. Post October 9, Edinboro will face a back half of the schedule which might be a bit more friendly to the Fighting Scots, with action against Mercyhurst, Gannon, IUP, Clarion, and Millersville awaiting Edinboro after homecoming. 

Nate Steis | @edinboronow

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