Another day, another shutout for the Millersville lady Marauders field hockey team. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Lauren Sotzin and the Marauders recorded yet another shutout, their third consecutive, beating Slippery Rock by a score of 2-0. Slippery Rock fell to 3-3 on the season, while the Marauders improved their record to 5-2 (1-0 in PSAC East). From the onset, the game looked to be a defensive battle with the score remaining 1-0 until Ashley Weber scored her third goal of the year with just 52 seconds remaining in the contest.
Lauren Sotzin kept the Marauders in the game by providing excellent protection in goal and conserving a 1-0 lead into halftime. Sophomore Rachel Dickinson kicked off the scoring in the first by nailing a shot into the right side of the net roughly 28 minutes into the game. Both teams’ goalies proved to be tough for the opposing offenses, each having recorded 8 saves to keep the game close throughout. With just over 8 minutes left in the first half the Rock’s Kelsey Gustafson hit a corner to Lindsey Brown, who fired a shot on goal. Sotzin, however, held strong, making a lunging kick save, easily the most impressive save on the day by either keeper.
Ball handling proved to be a key facet of the game Saturday, as multiple hesitations on the part of Slippery Rock led to steals by lady Marauders. Although Slippery Rock displayed good passing abilities at some points, Millersville shined throughout with the ball, with Randi Boyd, Ashley Weber, and Paige Morrison putting on clinics, making the defense look downright silly on occasion with fantastic displays of ball handling.
Overall, a balanced attack and some key defensive stops were the stepping stones to the lady Marauders’ win over Slippery rock on Saturday. Scoring just one goal in each of the two halves proved to be enough, as goal keeper Lauren Sotzin and the rest of the defense preformed excellently, leading Millersville to their fourth shutout of the year. Head coach Shelly Behrens stated that the team “continues to listen, follow the game plan, make adjustments as needed and then execute.” The lady Marauders look to continue their winning streak against number two ranked Bloomsburg, their second PSAC East game this season, on Wednesday, September 19, at Biemsderfer Stadium.