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Slow first half plagues Fighting Scots against Lock Haven

Story first appeared on edinboronow.com on Sept. 30, 2015 and in the Edinboro University Spectator in print on Oct. 1, 2015.

On paper, Edinboro, a team getting national attention, was the clear-cut favorite heading into its match against Lock Haven.

After the clock hit zero, the Bald Eagles were emerging as the victors.

Boro (5-3, 4-2 PSAC) struggled out of the gate and ran out of time to recover as the Scots lost 2-1 to Lock Haven in a PSAC women’s soccer match Saturday evening at Sox Harrison Stadium.

Alex Brow and Boro fell 2-1 to Lock Haven, snapping a six-match winning streak agaisnt Lock Haven (Contributed/EU Sports Information).
Alex Brow and Boro fell 2-1 to Lock Haven, snapping a six-match winning streak agaisnt Lock Haven (Contributed/EU Sports Information).

The win improved the Bald Eagles, who came into the match second-to-last in the PSAC standings, to 2-5 on the season and snapped a six-game win streak in the series for Edinboro.

“Whenever we play teams that aren’t as good as we are, we tend to drop down to their level of play,” head women’s soccer coach Gary Kagiavas said after the match.

“Until we’re 2-0 down, then we want to start to play. I don’t get it.”

Heading into Saturday’s match, Edinboro had just slipped out of the national rankings, but were among the teams still receiving votes. Meanwhile, Lock Haven was clinging to a 1-5 record, their only win being a 2-1 victory against Mercyhurst, who possessed a losing record heading into Saturday.

Kagiavas continued his opening sentiments.

“You should be squashing teams [and] taking care of business right away. We should not be getting into situations like we did tonight,” he said.

The situation included a scoreless match after 45 minutes of play as neither squad was able to find the back of the net. The Scots had the most chances in the first half, firing off seven shots to Lock Haven’s three. Three of Boro’s shots came from the foot of junior midfielder Grace Kereky.

The second half is where the action occurred, with Lock Haven climbing onto the scoreboard first as Joanna Swartz scored off a rebound of a corner kick in the 54th minute of the contest. That was the first goal of the season for the senior.

Just a few minutes later, off another corner kick situation, the Bald Eagles registered their second and final goal of the match as freshman Jordan Shoff scored after Edinboro goalkeeper Sierra Davis mishandled the ball.

Following the score, Kagiavas replaced Davis with sophomore Sarah Baskey in goal. The two have been in a rotation, for starts, in goal so far this season.

Boro found the back of the net in the 63rd minute of the contest as freshman midfielder Halle Hammer scored in a corner kick situation. The Fighting Scots threatened multiple times offensively in the final minutes, but were unable to score the equalizer before time ran out.

The ladies only other conference defeat came at the hands of Millersville in the form of a 1-0 decision. Heading into Saturday, the Mauraders had a losing record, making Kagiavas say that this a trend with his team.

“I just think whenever we play a team that’s not that good, we look at the standings, we get caught up in all the [stuff] that goes with it. The same thing happened at Millersville and the same thing happened today,” he concluded.

Kagiavas also noted that there weren’t any positives that he could take from the match.

Moving forward, the 20th year head coach said he may need to do some thinking.

“I guess I got to sit down and re-evaluate, look at the tape. We gave them a good scouting report today. Everything was as we said. We just got to execute.”

The squad hosted Pitt-Johnstown Tuesday evening, which occurred after deadline for this issue, and visit West Chester on Oct. 3 before returning home to host Mercyhurst on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.

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