Men’s soccer fall to 11th in the country

With breakout seasons from players like Ahmed Qaisi, the Marauders have spent the past few weeks being nationally ranked in Division II soccer.

Kyle Brady
Sports Editor

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.