The women’s soccer team is a force that no team wants to deal with right now. Starting the season off 6-0, the Marauders are hitting the field with intensity, passion, and a determination to win that is unparalleled.
They took that determination into last weekend facing off against PSAC division rivals West Chester. Millersville has been a dominant soccer team, but West Chester has been arguably just as good.
Coming in at No. 6, the Golden Rams came in 5-1 and 4-1 in PSAC play. The Marauders knew they had a difficult task ahead of them, but it set up for a matchup between two PSAC East powerhouses.
West Chester struck first finding the back of the net in the 10th minute and put Millersville down 1-0 early in the game. For the next 19 minutes the game would be scoreless until Marauder senior Kay Liebl, passed the ball from the West Chester penalty box to Michelle Belcher. Blecher rocked one right past the Golden Rams goalie to get Millersville on the board.
Going into the second half tied, both teams were going to have to find a way to try and produce a little offense to take a lead. Fortunately for Millersville, Savannah Rennix fired a shot for a goal in the 81st minute, giving the Marauders a 2-1 lead over their bitter rivals.
Millersville’s offense held strong to the final minutes and as the final whistle blew, the Marauders continued their overall dominance and their historic run, which has led to the best start in the program’s history.
All around, the game was close in terms of score, shots, and corners. West Chester did outshoot Millersville 11-10, but what matters is the shots that found the back of the net and the Marauders were better at finding it then the Golden Rams.
The refs also let both teams play hardnose soccer as not many fouls were called. Totaling just five between the two teams, this was a battle that was fought right to the end.
Millersville’s early season success has been a team effort, but you can’t take away the natural ability of freshman goalkeeper Reagan Kolinski who has earned her seventh straight victory to begin her collegiate career.
Kolinski had her streak of six straight shutouts broken during the matchup with West Chester, but her ability to stop shots and keep the Marauders in games will always give the team the best chance to win. Her play can’t go unnoticed and she has truly made an impact right away.
With the win Millersville has improved to a 7-0 record which ties the longest winning streak overall which was held by the 2003 women’s soccer team.
The Marauders are an exciting team to watch and they will be back in action Wednesday night October 2nd to face Mansfield who they beat last year 2-1. Be sure to head out and show support to the women’s soccer team as they go for the school record winning streak.