Esetelle Reidler
Staff Writer

Mercyhurst’s final goal was the Marauders downfall Saturday.

On Saturday November 3rd, the Marauders took on the Mercyhurst Lakers in the PSAC semifinal in Erie, Pa. The game was evenly matched and it came down to a last minute goal for the Lakers to earn the victory over Millersville.
Mercyhurst was able to score their first goal in the 23rd minute of play, the goal coming off of the foot of leading scorer Alex Manea. While the level of play was relatively even, the Marauders were not able to capitalize on a play to create a scoring opportunity, which led to the Lakers taking advantage and scoring again in the 31st minute of play. Even after equalizing the shot attempts between the teams at 9 each, the first half ended with the Marauders trailing by 2
Coming from halftime with a much more offensive push, the Marauders were rewarded with a penalty kick in the 54th minute of play. Millersville’s only senior Matt Kadoch, number 9, took and made the shot. Still trailing by 1, the Marauders fought to secure another goal.
In the 77th minute, the Marauders were able to take advantage of a play, and a deflected shot attempt by Kadoch was picked up by captain Andrew Dukes, No. 20, who shot and scored. The game came down to the last minute of play, and Mercyhurst was able to make a finalizing goal to secure their victory, ending the match 3-2.
Sunday Nov. 4th Mercyhurst faced off against Slippery Rock in Erie, Pa for the PSAC title. Mercyhurst won the match 1-0.