Late goal pushes Slippery Rock past Boro

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Ashley Devito (above right) and the Edinboro women’s soccer qualified for the PSAC playoffs for the fifth straight season.
Fighting Scots fall in home final

By Mike McLaughlin
Staff Writer/Spectator

Heading into the women’s soccer match on Wednesday, Oct. 22, Slippery Rock had never been defeated at Sox Harrison Stadium.

Their streak continued after the match concluded with SRU junior Caitlin Binder scoring from five yards out in the middle of the net after receiving a rebound in the 89th minute of the PSAC match. The Scots fell to 8-61 overall and 8-5-1 in PSAC play with the loss.

“I think we can beat anyone on any given day,” said Edinboro head women’s soccer coach Gary Kaviagas af-ter the loss. “We had a couple chances early. I thought we should’ve finished those, but we didn’t.”

The Scots played well in the first half creating some opportunities and allowing Slippery Rock (10-3-1, 9-3-1 PSAC) very few chances in its end. However, in the second half, Slippery Rock turned it around and Edinboro struggled to create scoring chances for themselves.

“The wind is always a factor, so you kind of take into consideration that if you.play with the wind you should get a goal you hope to get one and hope that they don’t catch you,” Kagiavas said.

“They had nine shots and we had four [in the second half]. We struggled to hold the ball up top in the second half as well,” Kagiavas said.

Kagiavas mentioned that one of the challenges that came in this game and that will reoccur going into the post-season is playing freshman late in the game and having them keep their composure.

“They’re definitely better than they were, but it’s still not the same as when we’re playing the seniors. They’re learning on the fly and they’re learning pretty quickly,” Kagiavas said.

With the season winding down the Scots have their eyes on the PSAC postseason. The top eight teams in the conference standings qualify for the postseason. There are no divisions in women’s soccer. After this defeat the Scots are sixth with a three-point lead over the seventh place team. The Scots qual-ified for the conference playoffs last season and were ousted in the quarterfinals.

“We got two more games against teams that I think we can beat,” Kagiavas explained. “Once we get in (the postseason) we’ll be fine, but we need to get in.”

*Editor’s Note: The ladies tied Cal (Pa.) on Saturday, 1-1, and defeated Kutztown, 2-1, on Tuesday to qualify for the PSAC playoffs.

Mike McLaughlin is the staff writer for The Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com