After the Millersville football team lumbered off of Chryst Field following another disappointing loss, the Marauder women’s soccer team stepped onto the field, hoping to brighten up homecoming weekend for Millersville athletics.
Fortunately, the girls were able to do just that, handing Pitt.-Johnstown their 15th straight loss of the season in a 3-1 win.
Perhaps an 0-15 team was what the ‘Ville needed to see in order to make their homecoming weekend a success. After dropping a tough 1-0 match to Seton Hill just a day before, the Marauders came out strong, improving their record to 8-7-1 on the year. The eight wins are the most the team has earned since 2004.
The Marauders started the scoring about 21 minutes in, when Sara Cressman put a rebound shot into the back of the net to give them an early 1-0 lead. The Mountain Cats, eager to get on the board for the first time in three games, retaliated with a goal of their own five minutes later, evening the score at one.
The two teams entered the half deadlocked, each team having scored one goal on five shots. In the 58th minute, Megan Wilson took a cross from Savannah Hall and neatly deposited it into the right-hand side of the net to give the Marauders their second lead of the game. Just under three minutes later Hall found herself on the highlight reel once again, this time putting home a penalty kick to give the Marauders a little more wiggle room. The goal was the first of Hall’s collegiate career.
Freshman goalkeeper Samantha Wolfe played the entire second half for the Marauders, tallying four saves in the process of keeping the Mountain Cats off the board. Two of Wolfe’s four saves came on breakaways in the final minutes of the game. The two clutch saves were enough to help secure a victory for the Marauders, getting them back above .500 on the season.
Though the Mountain Cats got off a season high 14 shots on the game, a combination of quality goalkeeping from Wolfe and Olivia Webber and strong defense ensured that not a single one of those 14 shots reached the back of the net.
The Marauders’ next match-up likely won’t be as easy; they travel to Slippery Rock on Oct. 30. The Rock enters play with a 12-2-1 record, having won seven straight and 10 of their last 11. The game is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be nationally broadcasted online as the NSCAA TV Game of the Week.