Soccer wins first PSAC game, tops Indiana

Category:  Sports
Friday, September 20th, 2019 at 10:58 AM
Soccer wins first PSAC game, tops Indiana by Erica Burkholder
Maggie Fragapane attempts to keep the ball in Edinboro's possession. | Photo: Erica Burkholder

Coming off a rain-delayed game on Sept. 11, the Fighting Scots women’s soccer program battled Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in their first conference game of the year.

The Scots spent most of the first half accumulating scoring chances. Danielle Chatten, Rebecca Manns and Brittnie Spithaler led the charge for the offense. Chatten got a shot off, one that IUP’s goalkeeper caught, after Manns hit her with a potential assist. Moments later, Manns got into a foot race with a defender on a lead pass, but IUP’s goalkeeper once again came through. Spithaler, meanwhile, had no issue putting her body on the line as she got tangled up with the goalkeeper when they both went for the ball.

The Scots’ consistent pressure would pay off, as Chatten passed the ball in front of the net to Spithaler. Spithaler then tapped it in at the 21st minute.

Still in the first half, IUP would increase their physicality, decreasing the chances for the Scots. But, this also led to a penalty in the box. That penalty would lead to a goal for Edinboro’s Jesssica Frank, as the goalie went right and her shot hit left, nailing the back of the net.
“Don’t miss it, don’t miss it,” was what Frank was thinking when she was setting up for her penalty shot. She didn’t want to let her team down and knew another goal would be beneficial.

The half ended 2-0 in Edinboro’s favor.

The second half started with both teams getting shots at the goal early on, but neither team was able to capitalize. The teams continued to fight for ground and chances as the half went on. Spithaler and Chatten both had shots that went wide. As time ticked down, the intensity increased as IUP searched for a goal.

They would get one with less than 5 minutes left as Anna Voelker and Cameron Bujnoski (an Edinboro defender) got tangled up with each other outside the box. IUP took the ball down the field, and with an empty net and defenders chasing, they rolled it in for an easy goal.
The Scots would take possession for most of the rest of the game as they kept IUP from scoring.

“I thought we played really well,” said head coach Gary Kagiavas. “Today looked a little bit better, and I’m thinking that every game will look a little bit better.”

The Scots had 22 shots in the game. Voelker had 4 saves in net. Spithaler and Frank had one goal. Chatten had an assist.
Frank scored her first goal of her career, it was a confidence boost that she hopes will help her score more. “It felt good,” said Frank.
Edinboro travels to face IUP on Oct 16.

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