Soccer wins 4th in a row, undefeated in PSAC

Category:  Sports
Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 11:48 AM
Soccer wins 4th in a row, undefeated in PSAC by Erica Burkholder
Sidney Dobbins attempts to get around an opponent. | Photo: Jamie Heinrich

After starting out 0-2, the Edinboro women’s soccer team has been on fire, ripping off four wins in a row, remaining undefeated in the PSAC.

Edinboro kicked off the winning streak at home against Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Sept. 14, then topping California University on Sept. 18 by a score of 4-0. The Fighting Scots started off strong against California with Rebecca Manns knocking in a goal two minutes into the game. This would be the only goal scored in the first half.

In the second half, Manns scored again, this time on a header off an assist from Cameron Bujnoski. Sidney Dobbins then scored on a pass from Danielle Chatten five minutes later. With less than a minute left in the game, Audrey Taylor scored her first goal of her career off a Chatten assist.

In this win, Manns scored two goals. Taylor and Dobbins each scored one. Chatten had two assists. Brittnie Spithaler and Bujnoski had one assist each.

The Fighting Scots traveled to Clarion on Saturday. Jessica Frank scored the first goal for Edinboro in this 2-1 victory, with an assist by Spithaler. Frank then scored again seven minutes later, this time assisted by Leah Czechowski. With 20 minutes before the end of the game, Clarion finally got on the board, taking away Voelker’s clean sheet.

Edinboro then returned home to face Mercyhurst after their original game was postponed following multiple rain delays. They would cap off this four-game winning streak with a 2-1 triumph.

The game would be intense from the beginning with the Scots starting their search for a goal early. Many of their shots went high, while Mercyhurst struggled to get by Edinboro’s defense. The teams would primarily trade possession and physicality in the midfield.

Mercyhurst almost scored when a player created a breakaway opportunity against Voelker. The Edinboro goalie would attempt to grab the ball, but the player would get a shot off before that could happen. The shot then curved around the net and out of bounds as Boro’s defenders attempted to chase it down.

Edinboro had eight total shots in the first half and four of them were on goal. Spithaler would start the scoring minutes into the second when she sent the ball flying past the Lakers goalie. After more back and forth between the teams, Chatten ended up with the ball and found her way to the net where she put it into the corner.

As the game continued, the physicality and tension picked up, Edinboro being issued three yellow cards in the process. Mercyhurst then scored their goal when Leia Santos slipped past her defender and scored on the change against Voelker with less then five minutes left.

Spithaler and Chatten scored the two ‘Boro goals, while Voelker had six saves. Her most impressive stop happened in the second half when she shut Mercyhurst down by grabbing the ball and dropping into a defensive position as both teams rushed to her. She held tight, keeping possession.

“I thought today (the Mercyhurst win) was very intense, very aggressive, very high [and] action-packed, very high-paced. I thought that we controlled the game, for the most part. We were real good in the air, which is a key part. Completed our passes, finished our opportunities,” said Spithaler.

On the fourth win in a row, she stated: “It feels great. We’re confident that we’re going to finish high up in the PSAC this year, hopefully. Hopefully, number one, but it really helps out our confidence for the next ones.”

Head Coach Gary Kagiavas was happy with the win. “It’s exciting. It’s always a good game when you win right. We had a good game plan...I don’t know if I’ll sleep tonight, but it was really exciting. “

He continued: “We keep talking about the next win and don’t worry about everything else, and we just talk about the next win. That’s what we worry about, we can’t think of anything else.”

Edinboro is now 4-2-0 overall and 4-0-0 in PSAC play. The Scots look to continue their winning streak as they face off against Gannon on Saturday.

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