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No. 15 Millersville fall short

Kay Liebl dribbles the ball up field./Photo courtesy of MU Athletics

Jared Kish
Sports Editor 

The Millersville women’s soccer team took on the East Stroudsburg Warriors last Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The No. 15 ranked Millersville team looked to get past East Stroudsburg and move on to the next round. In a hard-fought battle, Millersville unfortunately witnessed their season come to an end with a 1-0 loss.

The game remained scoreless for the first half and a good amount of the second. With a couple scoring chances in the first, Millersville and East Stroudsburg both had opportunities to score. Both teams could not capitalize on these opportunities leaving the score tied until the 78th minute of the game.

East Stroudsburg broke the score with a goal by Hailee Reinhardt. The Warriors crossed the ball into the box where everyone went after it. Alex Pickett redirected the ball from the right of the box to the center where Reinhardt was in perfect position to kick the ball past Marauder goalkeeper Erin Heimback who came up to try and get the loose ball.

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Millersville tried to answer back firing two shots in the last couple of minutes but was unable to find the back of the net resulting in a 1-0 loss.

The Marauders took seven shots with two ending up on goal. The Warriors took nine shots with three on goal and one finding the back of the net.

Both goalies had two saves in the game.

The Marauders season did come to an end on Friday, but it was a successful season for them. Their overall record was 14-6 and it included the programs first NCAA Tournament appearance. It was also the Marauders first trip back to the PSAC Tournament since 2003. Millersville had a .700 winning percentage this season which is the highest it’s ever been in the program’s history.

Head coach Matt Procopio is very proud of how his team played this season. He said, “I am extremely proud of the girls and all they accomplished this season…”

The women’s soccer team has three seniors leaving this year. Lauren Hoffman, Bailey Kramer, and Delaney Meadows have all played their last games as a Marauder. With only three seniors leaving, it shows how young and talented the Marauders are. To be able to put a season together like this one with a young team is phenomenal.

Millersville will go into the offseason and continue to work. Coach Procopio expects the Marauders to have another successful season next year.

Procopio said “The future looks bright for us going forward but that won’t be without a lot of hard work and effort. We plan to put in the time, energy, and effort to again compete for the PSAC and NCAA Championships.”