Soccer loses first two games of the season

Category:  Sports
Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 10:56 AM
Soccer loses first two games of the season by Erica Burkholder
Sidney Dobbins tries to maneuver around an opponent during the first half of the game. | Photo: Jamie Heinrich

The Edinboro women’s soccer team opened their season with two losses.

They first traveled to Bloomsburg to take on the PSAC Champions on Sept. 5. The Scots held Bloomsburg scoreless for the first half of the game, going into the locker room, 0-0.

In the second half, the Huskies worked quickly to break that shutout, scoring two goals within minutes of each other. They added one more in the 66th minute, which ended the scoring. 

Anna Voelker made seven saves and ‘Boro had four shots on goal.

The Scots then opened their home schedule on Sept. 7, facing off against Notre Dame (Oh.), with the contest set to the sounds of bagpipes from the nearby Edinboro Highland Games.

‘Boro started the scoring early here, only four minutes into the game with a Brittnie Spithaler goal. Notre Dame would respond 20 minutes later to tie it up.

The teams then battled over possession and scoring attempts until Notre Dame was awarded a penalty. The visitors would send the goal into the corner, leaving keeper Voelker with little chance.

The game continued, getting more and more physical. Eventually, Edinboro would be awarded a penalty shot after a handball in the box. Sidney Dobbins, a senior and captain, converted the penalty with ease, sending the ball past the keeper. The first half ended 2-2.

Notre Dame started out the second half ready to push and test the Scot’s defense. Boro would get a few pushes of their own, but it would be a scoreless half for around 20 minutes.

At that point, Notre Dame was given a corner kick. Voelker made the initial save, but couldn’t get a grip on the ball, resulting in Notre Dame putting it in the back of the net. The Scots’ communication and passing would suffer as the game went on, making for few scoring chances.

“Overall, we need to follow our game plan much better,” said Dobbins on how their communication break down “isn’t an excuse” even if it was due to nerves or not listening to each other.

Toward the end of the game, Edinboro would pick up steam once again, with Dobbins leading the way in effort. A desperate squad battled to the final seconds, but would eventually fall, 3-2.

“We continue to push to the last second before the buzzer goes off because we don’t want to lose,” Dobbins on how the team pushes themselves. She continued, “If we played the whole game the way we did in the last 10 minutes, we would have come out on top...we need to be high energy all the time which is something we need to fix.”

This is the first time in program history that the Scots have lost to Notre Dame (Oh.). Head Coach Gary Kagiavas, when asked how the game went, responded: “It was terrible.”

Voelker would record five saves. The team had 14 shots (nine on goal.) Dobbins and Spithaler scored a goal each and Danielle Chatten earned an assist.

The Scots played Mercyhurst on Sept. 11. The game was not complete by publication deadline. The next game will be against Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Sept. 14.

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