Heading into the week of September 15 it seemed Millersville’s women’s soccer team had a chance to establish themselves as a force in the PSAC East. That opportunity was left on the table; Millersville dropped two contests to Kutztown and Edinboro respectively.
The losses dropped the team to fifth in the conference and saw their record dip to 4-4 overall.
The Marauders played host to the Kutztown Golden Bears on September 17 for a key conference game. The home team stumbled out of the blocks as Kutztown put on early pressure but failed to score.
In the first 25 minutes of the contest, the Golden Bears had four corner kicks but failed to score on any of them.
Despite the early domination Kutztown had nothing to show for its efforts until the 30-minute mark. After a shot on goal by Senior Sarah Cameron, KU came back up the field and Raven Chiara beat Senior Goaltender Jamie Lancaster to put the visitors up 1-0.
“During the KU game we came out super-flat in the first half, and they just took it to us. They were running through the balls. They were ready to play and we weren’t,” lamented Sophomore Kate Moeller.
As the second half began Millersville attempted to flip the proverbial goal scoring switch. All season they had been able to battle back so it was expected that the Marauders would turn up the heat and take it to the rival Golden Bears. Millersville did indeed take it to Kutztown early and often in the second stanza.
After an early stop by Lancaster, Millersville applied pressure from the onset and peppered the Kutztown goaltender. In the next ten minutes the home club registered four shots, two on goal, and two corner kicks. As they found out, you do not get credit for just generating offense, you have to close the deal.
The best chance of the flurry was off of an Olivia Taylor corner kick. Taylor Suskie connected on it sending a sure goal towards Kutztown goaltender Steph Addleman. Addleman spoiled the party with a sensational sprawling save.
“Second half of the KU game was completely different. We completely dominated and had so many opportunities, we just couldn’t finish,” said Moeller.
The pressure was not done there, as just ten minutes later Sophomore Olivia Taylor and Freshman Taylor Suskie were at it again. At the 76-minute mark, Taylor finally beat Addleman with a rifle shot only to have the ball hit the crossbar.
The rebound bounced to Suskie but the freshman narrowly missed the tying goal.
Kutztown was able to hold on and upset the hometown Marauders. This was a devastating loss for the Marauders who outshot Kutztown 13-7 in the game, only to come out with a goose egg on the scoreboard.
Heading into Saturday’s tilt with Edinboro there was undoubtedly going to be the residual effect coming off of such a backbreaking loss.
Despite a valiant performance by Jamie Lancaster in goal, the Lady Marauders fell 2-1 in double OT. The visiting Marauders were dominated from the onset by the host Fighting Scots.
Roughly six minutes into the game Edinboro took the lead on a Rachael Dahlstrand goal.
Millersville managed to surive the rest of the first half without giving up a second goal.
Unfortunately the second half was more of the same as Edinboro continued to test Ville net minder Jamie Lancaster who was up to the task.
In the 83rd minute lightning struck as Stephanie Mellot took a pass from fellow Sophomore Ali Silva and beat the Edinboro goalkeeper.
The contest made it through the first overtime without scoring but early in the second OT Edinboro ended the game as Jessica Morgan picked up her first career goal.
The Fighting Scots outshot the Ville by a count of 30-5. Lancaster was a bright spot for the Marauders stopping 15 shots.
A big push is needed now for Millersville to regain its form. The Lady Marauders travel to East Stroudsburg Wednesday for a 7:30 bout under the lights. Finishing out the week, Millersville will return home against Shippensburg on Saturday for a 3:30 game.
This is a vital stretch for the Marauders. Both games are in the PSAC, so now is the time to make up some ground. “We really need a win at ESU. We are definitely a second half team this year, and we need to put a full game together,” states Kate Moeller. The road to redemption starts Wednesday for Millersville.