The women’s soccer team lured in 145 people for the match up against the IUP Crimson Hawks Saturday as they took a crushing blow to the loss column. It appeared that the Marauders played hard, but the Crimson Hawks played even harder.
The Marauders scored the first goal only eight minutes into the match. Logan Neiman kicked a precise through ball that left Halie Parker one-on-one against IUP’s goalkeeper, Jessica Printz.
Printz couldn’t reach the ball as Parker kicked it into the upper corner of the net giving her the team-leading fourth goal of the season. Millersville led by one and wasn’t trying to stop there.
The Crimson Hawks were not out of it yet.
In the 21st minute, things got a little hectic inside the Millersville goal box. A shot was fired towards the goal but were deflected. Lexi Palluconi was in the right place at the right time. She scored off of a rebound that Olivia Webber, Millersville’s goalkeeper, could not grasp. Palluconi got the equalizer and her first goal of her 2014 season.
Due to a turnover in Millersville’s attacking third, the Crimson Hawks had a chance to score. At the 32nd minute, Victoria Crawford intercepted the pass from the Marauder defender and crossed it to where only Brittany Kuhns could reach it. Kuhns headed the ball into the back of the net past Webber’s range. The Crimson Hawks had scored two unanswered goals and, with a little momentum, headed into the second half.
Neither team scored in the second half; in the last minute, Neiman attempted to get an equalizer goal and bring her team back in the match. All hopes were shattered once the ball past the net as it went wide left. The whistle blew at the 90th minute leaving the Marauders disappointed with another loss. Printz finished with seven saves from Millersville’s 18 shots taken with only eight of them on target. Other than the two goals against Webber, she had five saves of the 12 shot at her.
IUP’s victory anchors their spot as the top team in the conference with a record of 6-1-1 overall and in the PSAC. Millersville, however, drops to 4-3 overall and 4-3 in the PSAC.