The Millersville men’s soccer team was able to pick up a great win Saturday, Oct. 25 against Lock Haven, aided by important goals from seniors Jordan Brubaker and Ben Johnston to end the match 2-1. Before the match started, the four seniors on the men’s soccer team were honored. Congratulations to Clark Habecker, Anthony Fratini, Austin Hoke and Jordan Brubaker.
Millersville was able to control the pace of the match from the beginning and battled the Lock Haven Bald Eagles in what turned out to be a very physical match. The Marauders and the Bald Eagles combined for 27 fouls which included six yellow cards.
This win was very important in keeping Millersville’s postseason dreams alive. The Marauders are now tied with Lock Haven as they are each one point and one spot away from the playoffs.
Millersville was able to get to work fairly early against Lock Haven, scoring in minute 19 of action. Freshman forward Jesse Zimmerman crossed the ball and found senior Jordan Brubaker who was able to head the ball into the back of the net to give the Marauders a 1-0 lead in this match. It took just seven minutes for Lock Haven to answer back as Tyler Sablyak scored his second goal of the season to tie the match up at 1-1 in minute 24 of play. Sablyak received a very nice, long pass from one of his teammates which created a one-on-one with Millersville goalkeeper Kohl Orner. Midfielder Ben Weaver was credited with the assist on the play. The score remained tied throughout halftime.
Millersville was able to regain the lead just before minute 50 as Ben Johnston put a shot right past Lock Haven goalkeeper Jonathan Howitt. The goal by Johnston was created by Alex LaFaver, who picked up the assist on the play. Millersville was able to hold onto this lead for the rest of the match and picked up the 2-1 victory over Lock Haven.
The Marauders held a 15-9 advantage over the Bald Eagles in the shots category, including a 7-3 advantage in shots on the goal. Marauder goalkeeper Kohl Orner ended the match with two saves.
Following the match, Millersville now ranks eighth in the PSAC, which is good for the final playoff spot. They have two more matches left which are both on the road. Millersville’s next match will be an important one as they travel to Seton Hill to play the Griffins on Friday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m.