Men’s soccer suffers defeat

Chase Flickinger sets up for a cross to score a goal. Photo courtesy of MU Athletics

Kat Vasquez
Associate Sports Editor 

The Millersville men’s soccer team faced off against the defending national champion Charleston Golden Eagles, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Marauder season came to an end however at the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 loss to the Charleston Golden Eagles, on November 10th, 2018.

At the start, it was kept scoreless by both teams, which anticipated the people in the stands in hopes that someone will make a goal. That’s until in the 40th minute, the Golden

Eagles scored the game’s only goal. But before time ran out, there was a chance to end the game with a tie when Millersville’s Jaxson Burns passed the ball at the top of the box and at the slot to score but was denied by the Golden Eagle’s goalkeeper with a second left.

In spite of their loss, Millersville finished its astonishing and groundbreaking season with an overall record of 10-4-6. Which essentially means, in the program, fewest losses since 2009 and their second PSAC championship in history, plus placed 5th in the NCAA tournament appearance since the last decade. Seniors, Chase Flickinger, Jaxson Burns, Kyle Finsterbush and Matt Liotta played their last games as Marauders.

Steve Widdowson said,“We are losing four fantastic players (Flickinger, Burns, Finsterbush, and Liotta) that we need to make up for, but we have graduated great players every year. We have a strong returning group and a great freshman class. We know areas that we can work on and get better at as we continue to develop the players we have now. We will celebrate this year for a while and pay tribute to our seniors but then get back to work hungry and ready to come back even stronger in 2019.”