Women’s soccer riding a five match winning streak

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Jansen Hartmann (above) is the leading goal scorer for the Scots after netting three shots in the three Edinboro victories last week.
Hartmann' position change for Coste

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

To those outside the Edinboro women’s soccer program, the Fighting Scots are just emerging into the upper tier in the women’s soccer realm this season in the PSAC.

To Boro head coach Gary Kagiavas and the team, they knew they were going to be here all along.

“I was expecting us to be there from the start,” Kagiavas said in a phone interview. “As far as the team is concerned and as far as I’m concerned, we are where we should be. We are just hoping that we can keep it going.”

Through Oct. 5, the Fighting Scots boasted a 5-4-1 record and were in sixth place in the PSAC standings. The team started off the season worse than any other women’s soccer team in Edinboro history by going 0-4-1, but have won their last five matches as of Oct. 5.

The bulk of that streak was achieved this past week as the Scots went 3-0. They defeated Pitt-Johnstown on Sept. 27, 4-0, Clarion on Oct. 3, 2-0, and 24th ranked Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Oct. 4 by a score of 2-1.

A big contributor to that success was Jansen Hartmann. The junior from Pittsburgh netted a goal in each of the contests, her only three goals of the season.

According to Kagiavas, Hartmann’s success was expected.

“Jansen was one of four kids that I thought would be scoring frequently for us including Liz [Debo], [Ashley] Mutkus, and Alex Brown. To be honest, Liz, Ashley and Brown take up so much time and attention that Jansen is scoring. They can’t mark all of us. They can’t cover them all, but I do think Jansen is a very talented player.”

Hartmann’s recent goal scoring has shot her up to the top as she now leads the team is goals scored on the season followed by the aforementioned trio of Debo, Mutkus and Brown, all of whom have two goals each.

Although her name doesn’t appear in the box score as much, Kagiavas believes Becca Costello has made a huge impact this season.

“One of the biggest things that has helped us is that we moved Becca Costello to sweeper and that has helped stop the bleeding in the sense of giving up goals,” he said.

“Becca is probably one of the most offensively talented players we have and she sacrificed an opportunity to probably be an All-American to go and play at the back for us.”

The beginning was rough for Kagiavas and the entire team, going so long without the taste of victory. He explained why it all got off on the wrong foot.

“I think we had troubles having the freshman getting oriented with playing with the upperclassmen. I think the upperclassmen were concerned that the freshmen could play at the same level they could. There was a concern from them about how it all would pan out. Plus, there is always a concern that someone will take your place. Now, it is cooperative. The freshmen realize they can’t do it without the upperclassmen and the upperclassmen realize they can’t do it without the freshmen.”

Heading into the final month of the season, they all are going to do it together with their next task being four straight home matches, their last four of the regular season. The ladies face Lock Haven on Saturday at 1 p.m., and welcome Roberts Wesleyan College to Edinboro for a non-league match on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m..

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com