By Ronald Hanaki
On Oct. 22, the Edinboro University Fighting Scots beat ESU’s women’s soccer team 1-0 in double-overtime on a cold and blustery day at Eiler-Martin Stadium.
The Warriors beat the Fighting Scots in last year’s postseason PSAC Tournament and once again in the NCAA Division II Tournament, so this was something of a “grudge” game for Edinboro.
At the same time, ESU played most of this game without senior midfielder Shea Neal and senior back Laurel Neira.
Before the start of the game, the Warriors honored the nine seniors on their team.
This was a tactical game from the outset with neither team giving ground to their opponent.
Edinboro outshot ESU 7-2 in the first half, but the Warriors outshot the Fighting Scots 9-6 in the second half.
With no score in regulation, the game went into the first overtime.
The Fighting Scots held a 2-0 edge in shots, but the game remained scoreless. A second overtime was played.
During the 104th minute, Edinboro’s throw-in from the 15-yard line was intercepted by ESU senior back Andrea Polanco.
Polanco then kicked it upfield to an ESU player.
But the Warriors lost the ball to an Edinboro player, who passed it to Edinboro senior forward Alex Brown, who was waiting alone at the 6-yard line.
Brown’s bending kick got past ESU junior goalkeeper Jules Harris, and the Fighting Scots beat the Warriors 1-0 in double-overtime to spoil ESU’s final regular season home game of 2016.
The Warriors (12-4-1, 11-3-1) will play Gannon in Erie, Pa. this Saturday.
Regardless of the outcome, the Warriors have already qualified for the postseason PSAC Tournament beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
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