The Millersville women’s soccer team earned their second win of the season on Saturday, with a decisive 5-1 victory over Chestnut Hill.
With their win on Saturday afternoon, the Women’s soccer team is 2-0 this season, which is tied for their best start since 2002.
Millersville’s 5 goals were all tallied by different players, including four freshmen. Junior Kristin Lepley notched her second goal of the season only six minutes into the first period to give Millersville the lead. From there the freshman took over. Red shirt freshmen Victoria Kramer and Freshman Halie Parker both added goals in the first period. Samantha Andel and Elizabeth Waite found the back of the net in the second period. Goalie Olivia Webber surrendered just one goal in the second period to earn her second win of the season.
Chestnut Hill (0-2) fell to 0-2 on the season, scoring only one goal in the match. Kaelyn Pizarro scored the Griffins’ lone goal in the second period, acquiring her first of the season. Samantha Pauls had a busy day in the net for the Griffins. She had an impressive 12 saves, but also allowed all five of the Marauders’ goals.
Junior Kristin Lepley began the scoring for the Marauders only 6 minutes into the first period. Lepley dribbled quickly through a gap in the defense, stepped into the box, and fired a grounder to the right side, beating the goalie and giving the Marauders a 1-0 advantage.
After 30 minutes of scoreless action, red shirt Kramer put the ball in the net for her first goal of the season. Kramer took possession of a loose ball in the Griffins’ box, and fired a shot to the right just out of the reach of Paul to give the Marauders the 2-0 lead.
Shortly after, Parker scorched a shot from 18 yards out for the goal and a 3-0 lead. After stealing the ball from Chestnut Hill, Parker weaved to the corner of the box and fired a shot to the top of the net, just under the crossbar.
In the second period, Chestnut Hill gained a little momentum after a perfect pass from Danielle Spinuzza lead to a breakaway goal for Kaelyn Pizarro. Fifteen minutes in, Pizarro took Spinuzza’s pass in stride, dribbled into a one-on-one with Webber, and sneaked the ball into the Marauder net for the Griffin goal.
More Freshmans got into the action in the second period, as both Andel and Waite tallied goals for the Marauders.
Near the 70th minute, Parker dribbled toward the left corner fighting a defender. Parker fired a quick pass to the box, right to the feet of Andel. With her back to the net, Andel deflected Parker’s pass into a volley over the keeper’s hands, tacking on yet another Marauder goal.
Waite and Jocoby teamed up for the last score of the evening. After a quick pass from Jacoby, Waite had Paul one-on-one. Charging, Waite snuck the ball past a diving Paul for the final goal.
The women’s soccer team will look to continue their great start when they travel to take on Kutztown (1-1). The talented Kutztown team was ranked 5th in the PSAC preseason poll. The game is on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m.