Kick it! – Women's soccer off to strong start

Lately it seems that Millersville’s women’s soccer team has the ability to flip the switch and score goals in waves.  Last season, goal scoring was an issue, but this year those troubles seem like distant memories.

Over the last week, the Marauders scored 10 goals in three games.  Despite dropping a tough game to Shepherd, Millersville must be looked at as one of the favorites in the PSAC if this type of offensive production continues

Opening the week on Sept. 9, the women played host to Mansfield for a key conference matchup.  The home team carried play in the first half with three shots on goal.  At the beginning of the second half it was more of the same with Millersville recording two more shots on goal.

Despite the early pressure, Mansfield came back and took the lead at 53:52.  The Marauders pressed on and just 43 seconds later, answered back as Kate Moeller picked up her first goal of the season.

“I really think it showed everyone that we can come back from being down. It made everyone pick up the pace of the game,” said Moeller.

Pick up the pace they did.

Seven minutes later, after surviving a Mansfield corner, Senior Sarah Cameron scored on a pass from Freshman Allison Snyder to put Millersville ahead 2-1.  As rain poured onto the field, Millersville went ahead 3-1 on a Kayla Hartley goal at 75:37.  The Mansfield goalkeeper came out to pick up a ball that was rolling toward her, but the puddles on the field slowed the ball just enough for Hartley to catch up to it and shoot it into the yawning net.

Mansfield would pull within one a minute later as they were able to get a second goal past Senior Jamie Lancaster who had slipped on the slick field.  Millersville hung on and picked up a huge PSAC win.  After the first goal, the Marauders fed off of the emotion and took over the game in a span of 20 minutes.  Its flurries like these that could propel Millersville to a PSAC crown.

Kate Moeller also sees a trend in the goal scoring.

Sophomore Madison Williams passes to one of her teammates during a win against Mansfield. Photo by Carla Anderson.
Sophomore Madison Williams passes to one of her teammates during a win against Mansfield. Photo by Carla Anderson.

“I think we score in flurries just because of the energy on the field. When we score, we get so pumped and the effort is there,” she said.

Heading into a weekend trip to West Virginia, the lady Marauders had plenty of reason to be confident, after all they had just picked up a big conference win against Mansfield, scoring goals in bunches.  Millersville opened play with a game against Shepherd.  The women stumbled out of th, with goals from Olivia Taylor and Amanda Soto.

The surge would end there despite Millersville outshooting Shepherd 12-8.  Sarah Cameron had four shots, all of which went on goal, in the loss.  Sunday proved to be a bounce-back game for Millersville against Wheeling Jesuit.

The goal scoring prowess was on full display as they trounced Wheeling 5-1.  Kayla Hartley went wild, picking up three goals. Taylor Suskie provided a goal and two assists.  Games like these also show the depth of this Marauder team.  Hartley and Suskie have not started every game. Hartley has started two and Suskie three.

“We have lots of talented depth on our team.” Coach Mike O’Brien said.  In the game against Wheeling Jesuit, Hartley scored a hat-trick off the bench and Freshman Ariel Gehringer picked up her first collegiate goal did the same.

This depth will be key heading into more PSAC play.  The next week will be important for Millersville-they host Kutztown on the 17th and travel to East Stroudsburg on the 24th.  These games are sandwiched around a non-conference game against Edinboro.

“The next few weeks we have mostly conference games,” Moeller said. “It is going to be huge for our team’s goals to win these games.”