Due to their hot start, Millersville saw themselves rise to 9th in the nation for Division II men’s soccer. With an impressive 6-0-1 start, Millersville traveled to Lock Haven to take on the 4-3-3 Bald Eagles.
The Bald Eagles came into the PSAC match-up having tied two of their last three, while losing the previous game. Before their rough patch, Lock Haven was 4-1-1, showing how tough of an opponent they can be to the opposition.
Trying to ride the momentum on their seven-game unbeaten streak, the Marauder’s offense was stifled by a stingy Lock Haven defense that had surrendered less than two goals per game.
At the 28-minute mark, Lock Haven’s Luca Zannoni scored on a “two-on-one” breakaway, leaving the Marauder defense scrambling. After this goal however, Millersville’s defense was able to keep the Bald Eagles from scoring again.
Unfortunately, the Lock Haven defense played a little better, edging out the Marauders for a 1-0 win.
The Marauders would get a chance to redeem themselves before the next rankings were released. Still the #9 team in the nation, the Marauders returned home to face the struggling California of Pennsylvania Vulcans.
Coming into Pucillo Field, the Vulcans had been outscored 24-4 throughout their first seven games, amassing a record of 1-6.
In the 17th minute, Millersville started off the scoring from a goal by Ahmed Qaisi, who was able to put the ball in the net off of a cross in from the left side.
The Marauders would cling onto their one-goal lead late into the game until Matteo Adiletta added an insurance goal with four minutes left in the game. Millersville would complete the shut-out, improving to 7-1-1 on the season.
With their loss to Lock Haven and their bounce back win against Cal U, the Marauders only dropped two spots in the national ranking.