Millersville’s women’s soccer team fought against Lock Haven on Saturday at Pucillo Field and took away a win in the end for the 200 fans in attendance. The match started grim as Lock Haven scored first but the Marauders had three unanswered goals that kept the Bald Eagles quiet. Prior to kickoff, the Marauders honored their three seniors: Megan Wilson, Kelsey Mattola and Kristin Lepley. Lock Haven (3-12-1, 3-11-1 PSAC) was able to cease the early momentum as leading scorer Jamie Hunter netted her fifth goal of the season in minute 8. Millersville keeper Olivia Webber was trying to clear the ball from the Marauder defensive third, and her kick ricocheted off a teammate to the foot of Hunter who took advantage of the opportunity and fired her shot into the back of the net. Millersville did not let the early goal stop them from achieving the win. The Marauders had plenty of chances of scoring an equalizer as they fired 10 first half shots, but Bald Eagle goalkeeper Michelle Cuomo was able to make several timely saves. Lock Haven was able to hold onto the 1-0 lead through the end of the first 45 minute period, but Millersville was not going to disappoint the crowd.
Due to the Marauders vicious attack at the start of the second period, Lock Haven had some defensive miscommunications that led to an own at the 46:32 mark, leveling the match at one and giving Millersville a chance to win.
Just over a minute later Millersville was able to lead another attack that resulted in a Bald Eagle defender committing a foul inside the penalty box giving Millersville a penalty kick opportunity and a chance to take the lead in the match.
Senior Kelsey Mattola converted the attempt making it 2-1, on her fourth goal of the season. Halie Parker was able to flick a pass to Yoders who fired a laser from 20-yards out that was nothing but net.
With the victory on Senior Day, Millersville improves to both 7-6-1 overall and in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference action. The Marauders ended up holding a 26-8 shot advantage, and also had seven corner kick opportunities compared to the two generated by Lock Have. Webber finished with three saves and only one goal against for the Marauders and Cuomo had an exceptional nine saves due to the rockets Millersville was firing at the net.
With three games remaining, Millersville currently sits in the eighth and final PSAC postseason tournament position. The final three games are all away including Philadelphia, Greensburg and Johnstown. The record for Millersville away is 2-3-1 so they will be trying to bring home wins before the postseason begins.