Mike Eshleman
Staff Writer

The Millersville Marauders women’s soccer team faced off against the Mansfield Mountaineers on Saturday, September 20th. The game took place on Mansfield’s home turf at Karl Van Norman Field. Millersville had little trouble in this match, downing Mansfield 3-1 and improving their record to 3-2 in the process.

Forward Kelsey Mattola scored her second goal of the season.
Forward Kelsey Mattola scored her second goal of the season.

It didn’t take long for the action to start in this match as Millersville’s Halie Parker scored a breakaway goal from twenty yards out in the fourth minute to beat Mansfield goalkeeper Alana Greenawalt. This gave them the early edge in this match and secured Parker’s third goal of the season. After some back and forth action, the Mountaineers netted the equalizer in the 32nd minute of play. Mansfield’s Kelsey Chapman was able to net her first goal of the season by sliding it past Millersville goalkeeper Olivia Webber to tie the game up at one apiece.

Statistically, the Mountaineers were steadily outplaying Millersville by having more shots on goal in the first half, outshooting the Marauders 8-5. Millersville also only had one corner kick while Mansfield had four. However, this was only the first half. There was still another 45 minutes to be played, and that’s where things turned around.

WSOCSCORE_editOnce the second half rolled around, Millersville took over and dominated the second half possession. It almost seemed inevitable that Millersville was about to take over and score again. That goal came in the 65th minute of action as freshman midfielder Logan Neiman just put the ball over the arms of Alana Greenawalt from 16 yards out to give Millersville the advantage of 2-1. The ladies did not look back after this and kept on dominating. Just eight minutes later in the 73rd minute, Millersville added another goal when Kelsey Mattola put her ninth career goal as a Marauder in the back of the net to give Millersville a commanding lead, 3-1.

This goal wrapped the game up for the Marauders and pushed their record to 3-2 for the season. Millersville ended up outshooting Mansfield to win 16-12. Both teams played a very clean game as neither side committed a penalty throughout the match. Next up for the ladies is a trip to Clarion University to take on the Golden Eagles. This match is set to take place on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.