The Millersville (5-0) Women’s field hockey team, the No. 3-ranked team in the state, dominated Slippery Rock (3-3) on Saturday, manhandling them for a 4-0 win. After defeating No. 2 ranked West Chester just 3-days earlier, Millersville tried to avoid a letdown game against a 2-loss Slippery Rock team.
Getting the job done on offense was Lauren Gerhart, who posted two goals on the day, her firsts of the season. Rachel Dickinson and Emily Litchford each added a goal for the black and gold.
The Marauder’s shutdown defense has allowed only three goals all season, which is the best in the conference. The defense is led by goalie Lauren Sotzin, who posted her third shutout of the season through just five games.
Aggressiveness was the name of the game for the Marauders. From the start, Millersville kept constant pressure on the Slippery Rock defense, out-shooting them 7-2. Corner kicks tell the whole story. The Marauders won the corner margin 14-5, and two of their four goals were assisted by Bomberger corners. By maintaining possession of the ball and driving towards the goal, the Marauders stifled any momentum Slippery Rock tried to muster.
Millersville’s scoring began in the 15th minute. Dickenson fired a shot that was deflected by Slippery Rock goalie Courtney Lee, but Gerhart controlled the ball off the deflection and fired it in the net for her first goal of the season.
Millersville continued to dominate from there on out. Suffocating defense kept Slippery rock out of the Marauder circle for nearly the whole period, and it was only a matter of time before the black and gold took advantage of their seemingly lopsided time of possession.
In the 22nd minute, Sarah Bomberger connected with Dickinson on a corner. From the top of the top of the circle, Dickinson blasted a shot to the top of the cage for a 2-0 Millersville advantage.
The only action from Slippery Rock came at the end of the first period, but was squelched by Sotzin’s quickness in the net. Sotzin blocked back-to-back shots from Slippery Rock’s Haley Martin and Lindsay Brown, only seconds apart.
Millersville continued to dominate in the second period. The Marauders netted two more goals on seven shots. Olivia Hershey assisted Gerhart for her second goal of the afternoon, and Bomberger tallied another assist after her corner was driven in by Litchford.
With their win on Saturday, Millersville is vying to be the top ranked team in the conference. Not only did they beat defending champion West Chester, but they also have individual stars that are leading the conference. Sotzin’s .850 save percentage is the second best among PSAC goalies. Also, Bomberger is leading the league in assists per game with 1.00.
PSAC play will start for the Marauder’s at home on Sept. 27th against Seton Hall (3-3). Millersville shut-out Seton Hall during their first matchup 4-0.