Soccer team battles Clarion to a tie

Category:  Sports
Friday, November 1st, 2019 at 11:06 AM
Soccer team battles Clarion to a tie by Amber Chisholm
The Scots are 9-0-3 in PSAC play with four games left. | Photo: Amber Chisholm

The Edinboro University Fighting Scots and Clarion University Golden Eagles fought to a 0-0 tie during the annual Cancer Awareness Night soccer game at Sox Harrison Stadium on Oct. 23.

With four games left, Edinboro sits at 9-2-3 overall and 9-0-3 in the PSAC West. Clarion, following the tie, sat at 3-9-1 overall and 2-9-1 in the conference.

Edinboro led in shots (23), shots on goal (10) and corner kicks (8).

The dynamic intensified during the second half, and this energy carried over into both first and second overtimes with several near-goals for the Fighting Scots.

Edinboro Head Coach Gary Kagiavas stressed that the team missed opportunities.

“We were missing people that were wide open. Our passes would be a little bit off, our first touch would be a little bit errant — those were the issues,” he explained.

Kagiavas acknowledged both teams as “really good” and that games at this point in the season are difficult.

“You can’t win in this league if you don’t hustle, if you don’t work hard, if you don’t apply yourself.....Today was just one of those nights [where] we don’t have a good opportunity and all our shots were not in the right direction I guess,” he said.

Future efforts to improve will focus on passing and controlling the ball, yet the main objective is to win the PSAC West.

Sophomore Anna Voelker, their main goalkeeper, described her position as exciting but nerve-racking especially since the team had yet to lose a game. She shared her thoughts on the tie.

“We had a lot of offensive chances. We just didn’t put them away. So it’s kind of unfortunate since we should be getting points against a team like this, but you live, and you learn, and you keep going on,” she said.

Midfielder Sidney Dobbins offered her thoughts as well. “Overall, I think that today we definitely wanted a result against this team — they’re a hard competitor but, you know, we really could’ve came on top for this one.”

Dobbins also feels that shots and passes need more accuracy, and that the team should play more together. She said they plan to come back harder for the Oct. 30 game at Gannon.

Edinboro is ranked second in the PSAC West with 29 points, one behind Slippery Rock.

Dobbins also touched on team goals for the rest of the season.

“Overall, we’re still undefeated. We’re the only team in PSAC that is undefeated, so I think we really just want to keep that up. Our hardest opponents, Gannon and Slippery Rock, they’re coming up next. Those are our two next games away, so they are going to be our hardest games of the year, and we need to come out on top for those,” she said.

Their main goal is to be number one in the PSAC and stay undefeated, which Dobbins is still confident about.
“That’s still what we’re reaching for, and I think we can do it.”

After their match at Gannon on Wednesday (following Spectator press deadline), the last three PSAC games will take place at Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and home against Seton Hill.

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