Soccer falls for first time in PSAC play

Category:  Sports
Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 11:10 AM
Soccer falls for first time in PSAC play by Erica Burkholder
Manns takes the ball up the field in the game against Clarion earlier in the season. | File Photo

The Edinboro University soccer team lost in conference play for the first two times this season, falling first to Gannon on Oct. 30, 1-0, and then 3-2 to Slippery Rock on Saturday.

The Gannon loss was scoreless until the last 10 minutes when the Golden Knights finally got on the board.

The Scots had 12 shots in the defeat and goalkeeper Anna Voelker had six saves. On the same day as their conference loss, they also clinched a playoff berth.

“They played really, really hard; it’s always a tough rivalry when you’re playing Gannon,” said Head Coach Gary Kagiavas.

‘Boro then traveled to Slippery Rock. The Fighting Scots started off the scoring a few minutes into the game with a Danielle Chatten goal. They’d add another off the foot of Rebecca Manns, a goal that was assisted on by Clare Crossley.

They went into halftime with a 2-0 advantage.

The Rock started the second half with a corner kick and quickly went to work, putting up multiple shots in the final frame. Edinboro’s Marissa Shields then received a red card, dropping the team to 10 women on the field. As they tried to get their subs onto the pitch and adjust to missing a player, Slippery Rock capitalized. Two minutes later, the Rock scored again.

Edinboro battled through the next 10 minutes down a player, almost taking the game into overtime. The Rock wouldn’t let it get that far, though, delivering the final blow with a minute left.
The Scots fell, 3-2.

“By the time we were able to reorganize and get the proper people on, they scored the second one. [We] changed our formation in the two minutes that we could, and we played a different style of soccer...Then we had some chances, some real chances with about five, six minutes to go and unfortunately in the last minute we give up a goal,” said Kagiavas.

“They’re (SRU) really used to grass, they’re a really technical team, and with us we’re not a technical team. We’re more of a hard-working, grit kind of team. What we do, we have a game plan, get it up. We do a lot of running, a lot of hard work and unfortunately we just didn’t follow through. We were up 2-0, they ended up coming back, a red card really hurts us,” said Sidney Dobbins.

The Scots will look to earn home field advantage in the playoffs when they travel to Johnstown to play UPJ on Wednesday. They then return home to finish regular season play against Seton Hill, whose elimination from playoffs coincided with Edinboro getting in.

“Seton Hill is a good team, actually a really good team, really tough to finish with. However, I’m hoping by then they’ll have given up on their season, [and] they’ll be ready to hang up their cleats,” said Kagiavas.

The Scots are now 9-2-3 in PSAC play and 9-4-3 overall.

The Fighting Scots tweeted this video out on Thursday:

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