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Men’s soccer falls one goal shy of victory

Chris Norton
Sports Editor

A second half surge was not enough to propel the Marauders to a win, as they lost by one.
A second half surge was not enough to propel the Marauders to a win, as they lost by one.

It all came down to one shot for the men’s soccer team on Saturday, which unfortunately, was never taken, as the Marauders fell to the Pioneers at home 2-1.
In the first half of play, LIU Post notched five more shots and two more corner kicks than Millersville. This strong offensive surge gave the Pioneers a quick 1-0 lead. Not long after, in the 32nd minute, a smart play by LIU Post led to a header placed right under the crossbar. The 2-0 deficit only forced the Marauders to play with much more strength.
In the second half, senior Andrew Dukes scored after being assisted by Jeramey Robbins to cut the lead to one in the 52nd minute. Soon after, Millersville thought they had tied the game after Dukes found the back of the net again. Unfortunately, he was called offsides, and their 1-goal default remained.
Their confidence was not stirred, as the Marauders took three shots and three corners in the final 10 minutes of play. However, a strong Pioneers defense stood in their way long enough to secure their victory, and give Millersville their second straight loss to a ranked opponent.
The Marauders finished the match outshooting LIU Post 14-13, while also leading in corner kicks 7-6. The loss was not enough to shatter the determination of the Marauders, and they will need to carry that will over to their next game against Gannon on Friday, Sept. 27, and against Mercyhurst the very next day.
The men’s soccer team now sits at a still fair record of 3-2-1. The 1-goal loss to the Pioneers only fuels the team’s valor. With their eyes set on two back-to-back victories this coming weekend, the Marauders refuse to let anyone stand in their way.