Women’s soccer ends season on bad note

Breanna Crognale
Staff Writer

The Marauders failed to come out on top over California (PA).
The Marauders failed to come out on top over California (PA).

The Millersville University women’s soccer team ended its 2013 campaign Saturday with a 2-1 loss to California University of Pa. The Vulcans jumped out to an early lead when Stephanie Thompson headed the ball past Marauders goalkeeper Olivia Webber. Millersville played from behind in the game until midway through the second half when they finally found the back of the net. Megan Kelley tallied for the Marauders at 76:45 when she fired the ball past the right side of the Vulcans’ goalkeeper Meghan Jayes for her fourth of the season. The Vulcans responded at 79:16 off a corner kick by Erin Hogan that Thompson headed past Webber for her second of the game. Any momentum the Marauders had gained by scoring suddenly disappeared, along with their hopes of squeezing out a win. The team was unable to find the equalizer as they went on to lose the contest, ending their 2013 season. It was a tough loss to swallow for the fans and for the girls who had just been outplayed by one of the top teams in the conference. Both teams registered nine shots, while the Vulcans had nine corner kicks to zero for the Marauders. Jayes came up big for California in goals as she made six saves bringing her record to 8-7 on the season. She effectively outplayed Webber, who had three saves in the match, bringing her record to 18-18. However, the team made impressive strides, improving upon their 5-8-5 record from a season ago to finish this season 8-9-1. It was an unpredictable season highlighted by a four-game winning streak and marred by a five-game losing streak. The girls showed promise, as they managed to improve in all aspects of the game. The future looks bright for the Marauders as they head into a long off season.