It was a Jekyll and Hyde type of week for the Marauder men’s soccer team as they defeated East Stroudsburg 4-0, and then had to stage a comeback against Gannon to win 3-2.
Junior Kyle Loughlin was named Player of the Week, yet again, for his play over the week against East Stroudsburg and Gannon.
When asked about the team’s dominance of the weekly award Loughlin said,“I’m not really surprised by the consistency of the Player of the Weeks that our team has been receiving. I think in any given week there are a handful of players on the team that can get the award and should get the award.”
Millersville has claimed all six PSAC East Player of the Week awards with Loughlin taking three on September 8, 21, and now October 4.
The other players winning the award were sophomore midfielder Pat Baffuto on August 31, junior keeper Matt Langione on September 14, and sophomore forward Dan Prian on September 28.
Kyle Loughlin was the key for the team this week. He scored three goals, including the first goal, and the game winning goal in Millersville’s comeback win against Gannon.
The Marauders produced one of their most one-sided victories this week in the 4-0 defeat of PSAC East Rival East Stroudsburg.
A first half own goal by an East Stroudsburg defender gave Millersville momentum in a tightly contested first half that saw the Marauders take a 1-0 lead into the break.
In the second half, Millersville completely dominated, outshooting ESU 12-2, and scoring three goals. The goals came from junior Matt Wilson, sophomore Aaron Roland, and Kyle Loughlin.
The Gannon game, however, came as a shock to the Marauders. They should have taken them down quite easily given Gannon’s poor record. Gannon had other plans, however, going up 2-0 at halftime.
Midfielder and forward Kyle Loughlin got the Marauders on the board in the second half at the 51:38 mark.
Nearly six minutes later Matt Wilson tied the score at two.
Gannon was trying desperately to hold on for at least a tie against the fifth ranked Marauders.
Finally, with about 15 minutes left the Marauders took the lead for good off of a Kyle Loughlin goal, with the assist being credited to Thomas Bargmann.
If the Marauders want to at least repeat last season’s postseason success, they must learn how to play a full game.
This week saw the Marauders get outscored 2-1 before the half, and outscore opponents 6-0 after the half.
It is promising though to know this team has the chance to win these tight contests in the second half, but against high quality opponents you cannot dig yourself a first half hole and expect to climb out.
This week the newly fourth ranked Marauders travel to Bloomsburg for a marquee PSAC match against the Huskies of Bloomsburg.
The match has playoff implications as Millersville is 5-0 in PSAC East play, 9-1 overall, and Bloomsburg is second with a 3-1-1 PSAC East record, and 6-2-2 record overall.
They also have non-conference games against Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday at 2p.m. at Chryst Field, and an away game at the University of the District of Columbia.