Fighting Scots soccer fights off Seton Hill

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Freshman Katie O’Donnell, above left, watches as her goal scoots by Seton Hill’s goalkeeper Carolin Edenhofer, for O’Donnell’s first career goal in a 2-1 win last week.
Debo, O'Donnell score early goals

By Mike McLaughlin
Contributing Writer/The Spectator

Liz Debo couldn’t find the back of the net early on this season.

She netted two goals in the team’s last two contests.

Last Wednesday Edinboro (2-4-1 overall and PSAC) defeated Seton Hill 2-1 at Sox Harrison Stadium for their second win in a row and Debo tied for third all-time in goals scored with 33. The senior scored at the 23:11 mark of the match from about 12 yards out and put it in the top right corner of the net as she was assisted by Jansen Hartmann. “Debo has that little zip back in her speed,” said head coach Gary Kagiavas of his leading scorer from a year ago.

Freshman Katie O’Donnell scored her first career goal at 39:08 from the left side of the net. It stayed low and went past the goalie to go in on the bottom right. The Twinsburg, Ohio native was assisted by classmate Coleen Brodman. The freshman midfielder hopes that score paves the way for more. “It’s really exciting and I think it’s going to set the pace now,” said O’Donnell.

“Now that I got one I feel like it’s going to be easier to get the rest, so it’s a real confidence booster.” The Griffins notched their first at 41:30 with a goal from Allison Mello who put it over the goalie to put it in the right corner. There were numerous chances throughout the game for both sides with the Scots totaling 17 shots and the Griffins with 16. “We probably should have scored two more times,” said Kagiavas. “It wasn’t a pretty win, it was ugly, but it’s a win.” In the 60th minute Debo had a breakaway she went wide on and then in the 72nd minute she had a chip shot go just above the crossbar on another breakaway.

Kagiavas was happy with the large amount of chances his team had, but not how many it allowed. “We should never have let up 16 shots, we have some work to do defensively,” said Kagiavas. The Griffins played a very physical game, which resulted in the ball being in the Scots’ end for a lot of the second half and allowed Seton Hill to out shoot them 9-7 in the final 45 minutes of the match.

“We don’t do very well against teams that are very physical,” admitted Kagiavas. “We are a pretty team technically, we’re just not a physical team, so as soon as when we play teams that are very physical we tend to back off.” “I think we have the ability to play more physically, we just have to get comfortable with ourselves and have that self-confidence to do it,” added O’Donnell. Kagiavas said he wants his team to react and respond better to the physical types of teams like Shippensburg and West Chester.

O’Donnell believes the team’s win against Shippensburg back on Sept. 20 was the turning point for the squad.

“We were dominating the teams, but we couldn’t finish against them. Now that we’re finishing and learning how to play with each other I think it’s going to set the pace for the rest of the season,” said O’Donnell.

A season that has 10 games left in it, but the Fighting Scots will be going one by one.

“Our biggest plan is just to go one game at a time and get the points that we can,” Kagiavas said. “The fact that we have an opportunity to just keep playing and keep winning is really the blessing.”

The Scots play at Clarion on Oct. 3 and at Indiana University (Pa.) on Oct. 4.

Mike McLaughlin is a contributing writer for The Spectator. He can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.