Women’s Soccer ties

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Women’s Soccer ties by Michael McLaughlin

On Oct. 11, the Edinboro Fighting Scots soccer team battled the Gannon Lady Knights into a double overtime draw, bringing their record to 10-2-1 overall and 9-2-1 in the PSAC.

Both teams took a plethora of shots, but none were able to find the back of the net. Edinboro’s goaltender, Sarah Baskey, came up with five saves, while Gannon’s net minder, Shannon Differ, recorded a total of six. Edinboro led the game with 17 shots to Gannon’s 13.

“They play really hard and their intensity … it’s not that it’s something we’re not used to, but we gotta be able to handle those situations,” head coach Gary Kagiavas said of Gannon’s style of play.

Both teams had a couple of chances in the first half of the match. In minute 16 and 33, Gannon had shots come from Taylor Lewis and Nicole Felice, respectively. Baskey was able to come away with saves on each shot.

“She was brilliant,” Kagiavas said of Baskey’s goaltending.

In minute 23, Alex Brown took a shot, point blank off a pass from Abby Gillespie, but Differ was able to come up with the save.

In the second half, it looked as though Gannon would take the lead, as Lewis got past Baskey and took a shot from 10 yards out, but it hit the right post and was eventually cleared by Edinboro.

Halle Hammer took a shot in minute 80, which was blocked by Differ and resulted in a corner kick. On the corner kick, Differ deflected a cross from Alex Root and Differ hit the ground, which resulted in everyone going for the ball, but with all the bodies the Scots were unable to get a clear shot off.

“I thought offensively we would get them, it’s just a battle. Every time you play the local teams, it’s always a battle,” Kagiavas said.

With two minutes left in regulation, Brown and Ashley Mutkus were running down the field and Mutkus got the feed from Brown for a one-on-one with Differ, but was not able to capitalize on the opportunity.

Kagiavas said he had Hammer pushing during overtime and had her worry less about defending. He thought that would be the best way to score because all the other players were marked well by defenders.

In the first overtime, Brown had a shot from 20 yards out, but Differ was able to get a hand on it to keep the ball out of the net.

Kagiavas mentioned they missed Danielle Chatten in this game and he felt she would have helped the offense a lot in this physical match.

“It’s unfortunate we didn’t win, but it’s also fortunate we didn’t lose,” Kagiavas said to sum up the match.

This was Edinboro’s first overtime match of the year and their second straight overtime game against Gannon. Last year, in the Atlantic Regional semifinals, the two teams went to an extra period with Edinboro coming out on top.

The Fighting Scots wore purple jerseys to show awareness for different types of cancer during this exciting game.

Michael McLaughlin is the Sports Editor for The Spectator and can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com

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