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Men and Women soccer split openers

Talia Grynkewicz earned PSAC player of the week honors due to her performance in the opening game of the season. / Photo courtesy of MU Athletics.

Brian Markley
Staff Writer

Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams kicked off their seasons this past Thursday night. The men’s team opened up on the road at Wilmington, while the women’s team opened up at home against Salem.

The men’s team were down quickly after a goal was scored by Wilmington’s Lorne Bickley, who put one past the Marauders’ keeper in the sixth minute. Bickley would then score again in the 20th minute, doubling the Wildcats’ lead. 

The Marauders would eventually get on the board in the second half with a goal coming from forward Jake Gosselin which was made possible by an assist from Spencer Shortt. 

It was all Wildcats after that, as they put three more goals past the Marauder keeper. Wilmington’ Bickley recorded a hat trick along with adding an assist to his memorable night.

On the woman’s side, the Marauders opened up at Pucillo Field against Salem. The match got off to a slow start, but freshman forward Michelle Belcher put the Marauders on the board with her goal in the 20th minute. 

The flood gates opened after that, and it was all Marauders for the rest of the match. Junior forward Talia Grynkewicz amazingly scored four goals in six minutes. The Marauders offensive outburst gave them a 5-0 at the half.

The Marauders didn’t stop there. Belcher scored her second goal of the night in the 78th minute, with freshman forward Juliana Carrara adding another goal a mere 13 seconds later. Freshman forward Bailey Hunt topped the Marauders impressive offensive display off with a goal in the 85th minute. 

The final whistle blew, ending the trouncing that the Marauders put on the Salem Tigers. Grynkewicz was recognized for her spectacular offensive display by being named PSAC Athlete of the Week.