Women’s soccer bests No. 7 Slippery Rock, falls to California, Pa. in weekend split

Richard Schulz
Staff Writer

September 4th marked the kickoff for the Millersville Women’s soccer team as they faced Slippery Rock University, team that is ranked seventh in the Nation, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Before the match started a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the $2.5 million facility that was built just this summer. It ended with an upset and left the home crowd ecstatic.

The Marauders got off to a 1-1 start after splitting their weekend series.
The Marauders got off to a 1-1 start after splitting their weekend series.

The game was back and forth throughout the first half against Slippery Rock University as neither side scored. At the 60th minute the game changed. Halie Parker scored off her only shot on goal with an assist from fellow teammate Meagan Kelley. A little later in the half, another goal was scored by the Marauders breaking the lead to a two goal deficit. This goal was scored by Hannah Willet as she booted the ball into the back of the net scoring off a free kick 18 yards out. The rest of the game was a shut out thanks to the Millersville’s goalie, Olivia Webber, who stopped all nine shots Slippery Rock sent her way. Millersville led in shots, 15 to 9, and won the match 2-0.

The Marauders coach, Mike O’Brien, had to have felt proud of his team after Thursday’s victory against Slippery Rock, but Saturday’s game at California, Pa went a little different.

The Vulcans came out and took control of the game early as Danielle Kearns scored the first goal in the ninth minute as she tricked the goalie and was assisted by Chelsea Crocket. Kearns, goal was the only goal score in the challenging first half. In the second half of the game the first goal scored was sadly an own goal by the Marauders defensive squad as the ball trickled past Olivia Webber causing the Vulcans to be up by two goals. However, Millersville would not give up without a fight. Kristin Lepely created a scoring opportunity for Emily Purcell off of a corner kick bringing the Marauders back from the dead and leaving them down by just one.

In the final minute of the game Haley Henderson, of California, scored her third goal of the 2014 season and put the nail in the coffin and reassured their victory over the discouraged Marauders. The Vulcans walked away with a 3-1 victory over the Marauders sending them home with their first loss of the season. Millersville is currently 1-1-0 and will play the Golden Bears 3pm Wednesday at Kutztown as they try to recover from Saturdays loss and bring home a victory.