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Women’s soccer extends autumnal slump since record start

Alex Geli
Assoc. Sports Editor

Let the fall blues continue.
Since beginning the autumnal season, Millersville’s No. 9-ranked women’s soccer team has fell in its second straight game. First to Gannon University, and now to Mercyhurst on Saturday after starting off the year with a best-ever 5-0-1 record. After striking the first blow, the Marauders, now 5-2-1, allowed the final three blows to come by the legs – and heads – of the Mercyhurst Lakers (4-3-1), for a defeat of 1-3.

Tori Sprenkle has followed the trend of getting pressure on goal, but has yet to capitalize.
Tori Sprenkle has followed the trend of getting pressure on goal, but has yet to capitalize.

In foreign territory, the Marauders sailed into Erie, Pa. with their sights set on a victory, and notched the first goal of the game in the 42nd minute. Victoria Kramer, a biology major from Warwick High School, started it off with the assist from sophomore Megan Kelley.
The goal would be the only score in the first half – and the only score from Millersville over the entire 90 minutes.
The tides were turned less than 20 minutes into the latter half, when Mercyhurst’s Carly Zimmerman kicked it into the net, assisted by Janine Wong and Stephanie Drago – who has no affiliation with the fictional character from “Rocky IV”.
Wong then helped the Lakers break the 1-1 tie by guiding a corner kick towards the goal where Perrin Kern headed it past Marauder goalie Olivia Webber.
After surging ahead for a 2-1 lead, Mercyhurst continued forward to their above-.500 record on the 2013 fall season, thanks to a tap-in from behind Millersville’s goaltender by Allie Cornacchia. Fawn Mulholland, who conveniently set up the easy goal near the left post, was credited with the assist.

The Marauders hope to recover from their recent shortcomings.
The Marauders hope to recover from their recent shortcomings.

For the Lakers, Ellie McDougall served as a sturdy crutch that allowed her offense to turn it around in the second half. The goalie came away with seven saves. Webber, despite her strong opening, only came away with four for the Marauders.
The scoreboard was not allegorical to the competitive nature of Millersville and their nationally-ranked group, nor was it to the competitiveness of the game, itself.
Millersville tallied 11 corner kicks, making available an array of opportunities to revert back to their winning games and tack on their 6th win on the young season. Of their 15 shots, though, compared to Mercyhurst’s 13, only one was able to slip past McDougall and her impervious defensive crew.
In full swing of fall, Millersville looks to brighten up their dim September finish with a shimmering start to October when they head over to Shippensburg on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

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