Womenʼs soccer splits past two games

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at 5:03 PM
Womenʼs soccer splits past two games by Mike Lantinen and Madi Gross
Photo: Julie Zarnick

Edinboro vs. Kutztown 

On Sunday, the Edinboro Fighting Scots women’s soccer team took on the Kutztown Golden Bears. This was the first matchup between these two teams in the 2017 PSAC season.

Kutztown came off a strong 2016 season, was ranked third in this year’s preseason poll, and was 5-0-0 in the PSAC before the contest on Sunday.

The Edinboro Fighting Scots were unable to break the Golden Bears’ winning streak in this game as they took a 4-1 loss.

Kutztown’s Kate Martin scored the only goal of the first half, eight minutes and 16 seconds into the game.

In the second half of the game a total of four goals were scored. Randi Smith of the Golden Bears (assisted by Kate Martin) scored the first goal of the half, 47:10 into the game.

Only a few minutes later (51:41), Edinboro’s Danielle Chatten scored the Fighting Scots’ first goal of the game (assisted by Rebecca Manns).

Kutztown quickly responded to this goal with a third goal scored by Alyssa Ryan (assisted by Emily Zwiercan), 59:28 into the game.

Two opportunities from Halle Hammer and Chatten would miss their mark, both hitting the crossbar.

The last goal of the game was scored by Kutztown’s Maddie Mohr, unassisted 71:59 into the game.

This game brought Kutztown to 6-0-0 and Edinboro to 3-3-1 in the PSAC.

The Edinboro Fighting Scots will next face West Chester University at West Chester on Sept. 30 and Clarion University on Oct. 4 at Clarion.

The road trip will serve as a crucial test for the Scots considering both teams have winning records, but before that, the Scots will take on a Mercyhurst team on Sept. 27. 

Edinboro vs. Roberts Wesleyan 

The Edinboro women’s soccer team took the field on Wednesday for their first non-conference matchup, squaring off against Roberts Wesleyan,
a private university located in Rochester, New York. A final score of 4-0 gave the Scots their third consecutive win this season, the longest streak they have had thus far.

Shining bright in the win was senior captain Ashley Mutkus, who consistently applied pressure to the back line of the Redhawks. For the majority of the game, the ball sat in Roberts Wesleyan territory, creating opportunities over and over again.

Sixteen minutes into the game, Mutkus broke the game open on a breakaway goal assisted by freshman Sarah Reidy. The shot was fired from the middle of the box and placed in the left corner.

After the opening goal, the game slowed down. Roberts Wesleyan was able to slow the Edinboro offense, but not enough to get their own going. The Scots totaled 14 shots to Roberts Wesleyan’s four.

Before the end of the second half, an impressive shot from Kara Kern made it 2-0. From 25 yards out, Kern pivoted and sent the ball on a straight line past goaltender Kelsey Brinkel, catching everyone by surprise. A substitute for the game, Kern is a freshman from Erie and Wednesday night’s goal marks her first of her Edinboro career.

Another breakaway goal for Mutkus in the second half put the Scots up 3-0. Her seventh goal of the season, assisted by Rebecca Manns, Mutkus’ move past the last Redhawk defender was all that stood in her way to her second of the game.

With 23 minutes remaining, another freshman scored their first career goal. Jill Jones, of Doylestown, Ohio, was assisted by Sarah Reidy for her second assist of the game and fourth for the year. 

Mike Lantinen and Madi Gross can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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