East Stroudsburg blanks Edinboro 2-0 in soccer

Photo: Natalie Wiepert
Senior Liz Debo (above) has been held scoreless this season as the Fighting Scots are trying to avoid the worst start in program history.

By Tyler Trumbauer

This years’ women’s soccer team returned every member, except one, from their 2013 squad who qualified for both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association tournaments.

The issue for the Fighting Scots thus far, is that success hasn’t returned with them. 

Edinboro fell to East Stroudsburg University (1-1- 0) by a final score of 2-0 last Wednesday afternoon at Sox Harrison Stadium. That loss dropped Boro to 0-2-1 on the young season; the first time the Fighting Scots have gone without a win in their first three games of a season since 1996, the inaugural season of the women’s soccer program at Edinboro.

“Scoring is obviously an issue,” head coach Gary Kagiavas said.

“I don’t know why because it is the same people that were scoring last year, but for some reason we just can’t score.”

The Warriors were able to find the back of the net in last week’s game; however, ESU first got on the scoreboard in the 11th minute as sophomore forward Hannah Gombos scored on a second-chance effort from the right side of the net about seven-yards out.

The majority of the first half was played on Edinboro’s side of the field as Boro’s offense struggled to mount any real attack through the first 45 minutes of play as the Scots only let off four shots in comparison to the Warriors’ 11.

Senior Ashley DeVito believes the first minutes of the game are crucial for success for the team.

“I think we got to come out with more intensity,” she admitted after the game.

“I think we know that we are a good team and we played relaxed in the first 15 minutes. Then our opponents are able to get up on top of us. I think if we come out with intensity and get the first goal, we will be able to play with that lead.”

ESU struck again later in the first half as sophomore Sarah Scheidell extended the Warriors lead in the 32nd minute with a goal from 15 yards out, assisted by senior Courtney Keller, to make it 2-0 in favor of East Stroudsburg.

The Scots were able to gain a little bit more momentum offensively in the second half, including having a few quality shots on goal, but were unable to consistently press the Warrior defense, which played extremely well and allowed them to hold on to a 2-0 victory, ESU’s first over Boro since a 2-0 win back in 2005. 

Kagiavas substituted more than usual in the second half, as well, as he said he wanted to keep fresh legs with multiple players injured. Senior Lauralee Clements has been out for two straight games as she is recovering from an ankle injury. Also, Liz Debo and Jansen Hartmann are suffering from pulled quads.

The injuries are allowing some underclassmen to get some playing time, such as freshman goalkeeper, Sarah Baskey, who replaced senior Meghan Kelly during the final eight minutes of the contest. 

“I’m going to be honest with you, we are just not playing very well right now,” Kagiavas admitted about his team. “We just aren’t.”

The ladies host Shippensburg this Saturday at 5 p.m. and Seton Hill on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.

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