Millersville women’s soccer fell 3-1 to Gannon University on Friday after allowing three first-half goals. Gannon was able to put the Marauders on their heels after all three goals were scored in the first 33 minutes of play.
The Marauders came into the came into the game with a hot streak, winning three of their last four and looking to continue their successes. Gannon, on the other hand, was looking to thrive off of the leadership of senior Justine Rodrigues who entered the 2014 season with 11 goals, placing her 19 in university history.
It did not take long for Rodrigues to show her skills as she received a pass at the 12-minute mark, which allowed her to net a goal on the breakaway past Millersville goal keeper Olivia Webber.
Less than ten minutes later, Golden Knights forward Mani Brueckner weaved through the Millersville defense and drilled a beautiful shot into the upper right of the goal. Brueckner also crossed a ball in the minute 33, which was headed in by junior Kaitlyn Kissell to give Gannon a substantial 3-0 lead.
After the poor first half, Millersville came out strong and was able to get on the board thanks to Kelsey Mattola’s goal at the 58-minute mark. Mattola was able to steal the ball around midfield, and elude the Golden Knight defenders all the way until 35-yards out where she ripped a shot right into the net.
The loss now drops Millersville to 4-4 for the season, and in the PSAC. Millersville was outshot during the game 19-13 despite leading the second half in shots 9-7.