Soccer falls to SRU in PSAC Championship Game

Category:  Sports
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 11:12 AM
Soccer falls to SRU in PSAC Championship Game by Ben McCullough
Edinboro lost to Slippery Rock in the conference finals, 2-1. | Photo: Ben McCullough

The Edinboro women’s soccer team fell to Slippery Rock, 2-1, in the PSAC Championship game Sunday afternoon at Milhalik-Thompson Stadium.

The Fighting Scots led Slippery Rock, 16-11, in overall shots, however The Rock had the key advantage in shots on goal at 9-6.

Slippery Rock’s offense controlled possession early in the game. Other than one shot by ‘Boro captain Danielle Chatten after four minutes of play, the Scots were not getting chances on net. The Rock, meanwhile, would strike first, scoring at the 22:25 mark.

Edinboro’s offense responded, pressing hard for the rest of the first half and taking six shots. Defensively, they allowed only one Slippery Rock shot in that same time.

“We knew that as long as we could get out of there 1-0 in the first half, we’d have a chance in the second half,” said Head Coach Gary Kagiavas. “I thought we gave ourselves a real opportunity in the second half.”

But Edinboro would start slow once again, not getting a scoring chance until roughly 20 minutes into the second half. Even then, it was a missed shot by Mary Sinan.

At 71:59, the Fighting Scots finally broke through, Chatten scoring a goal on a low shot past the goalie. The tie wouldn’t last long, though, as three minutes later the Rock scored again, taking the lead again, 2-1. ‘Boro would get another good chance at 78:11, but Sidney Dobbins’ penalty kick was stopped.

The Scots only registered two more shots before the game ended at 2-1. A few fouls in the last 10 minutes of the game gave possession over to Slippery Rock with time running out. The Rock then controlled the ball for about the last four minutes.

“Even though we lost, we really won. Our team won. We are such an incredible bunch of kids. Man … we had this opportunity, and I mean, it’s great if we would have won it, but it doesn’t matter. We won anyway,” said Kagiavas.

Edinboro finished the regular season 12-6-3 overall and 10-3-3 in the conference. Kagiavas was named the PSAC West Coach of the Year. Chatten, Dobbins and Cameron Bujnoski were named to the All-PSAC West First Team. Rebecca Manns, Jenna Derbis and Anna Voelker were named to the second team.

The Scots faced Mercyhurst University and West Chester University of Pennsylvania to get to the championship game. Chatten scored both goals for ‘Boro in the first playoff game at home.

Manns was the only player to score against West Chester. The Scots grabbed the lead early and held on for the 1-0 win. Maddie Sleva, the freshman backup goalkeeper, was called into a game for the first time this season.

This was the Scots’ first trip to the conference playoffs since the 2016 season. They were voted in a preseason poll to finish sixth in PSAC West play. The loss to Slippery Rock means they finished second.

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Edinboro lost to Slippery Rock in the conference finals, 2-1. | Photo: Ben McCullough Photo: Ben McCulloughPhoto: Zach Mixter

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