Edinboro opens season with win

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 7:25 PM

There’s nothing quite like a season opener, the anticipation for your newly assembled team and the threat of what other teams may have in store. The Edinboro women’s soccer team hosted Clarion this past Tuesday at Sox Harrison Field as spectators flocked, hoping for another storybook season.

An impressive performance from the Scots would be highlighted by their ability to create opportunities in the final third. Senior striker Alex Brown led the team in overall shots and would break the ice, putting Edinboro up 1-0 in the 19th minute of the first half.

 “We do a really good job when we moved the ball around the field. We kept it on the ground, one to two touches a player. It’s probably boring to watch, but it conserves energy and keeps us organized until we get to the final third and attack,” said Brown.

A well organized, developed and utilized game plan, though, can fall apart under pressure or simply not go as planned when your spikes hit the turf.

“We had some problems with finishing in the final third, the offensive third of the field, in goal range... A 2-1 lead is a scary score and I think we panicked a bit in the second half,” Brown continued.

“We were kicking the ball around aimlessly, throwing it in the air and not getting rid of it fast enough. Essentially playing down to our opponents level.”

With only one shot on goal for the whole game, Clarion made no mistake, finding the back of the net on that lone shot. A cross from Marina Kelly would result in a header directed in by Taylor Starr for a goal bringing the score to 2-1 while in the second half. 

Captains Jess Sandhas and Shannon Regan anchored the defense, ensuring the lead would stay intact. Refusing to allow another shot on goal kept the final score at 2-1 for a PSAC conference 1-0 start to the season.

“Our defense was challenged a lot but they kept composure,” Brown added.

Other major contributions came from some up and coming underclassman when Halle Hammer and Danielle Chatten contributed seven shots between the two of them.

“We do not have a lot of depth on the bench this year, which makes us (seniors/upperclassmen) a little apprehensive, but our team chemistry is very good, as is our fitness level. The freshmen have a lot of potential and some of them have already been playing important minutes in games. Going forward, it’s just a matter of keeping everyone healthy,” said Brown.

She continued, “Clarion is always a tough game. What they lack in technicality, they make up for in being very physical. So it was a good game to start the season to show the freshman how tough our conference is.”

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

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