MILLERSVILLE, Pa. — Ten years. That’s how long its been since No. 6 Millersville defeated No. 10 Kutztown. On Tuesday, the Marauders finally beat the Golden Bears 3-0.
The Marauders (3-2) got on the board four minutes into the game when Ashley Weber flicked the ball into the goal, giving the Marauders a 1-0 lead.
In the second period the Marauder offense kept possession of the ball, firing off shot after shot.
Six minutes into the half, defender Rachel Dickinson took a hard shot off a corner that Kutztown goalkeeper Karly Waltman blocked. The ball was deflected to Sarah Bomberger who lofted it into the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.
Millersville added an extra goal with only six and a half minutes to play. This time it was Paige Morrison who was relentless around the cage. The Marauders worked the ball down the right side of the field and played the ball across the goal face. Lauren Gerhart hit a quick pass to Morrison who buried the ball into the net, finalizing the victory.
Goalkeeper Lauren Sotzin recorded five saves on the day, matching a season high.
This win came as no surprise to head coach Shelly Behrens. “We know we have a good team,” Behrens said. “Structurally we have played excellent so far this season, we just haven’t gotten the results we wanted in the past two games. They believed in themselves and trusted what we were doing as a team and went out there and put it all together.”
The Marauders lost 18 consecutives games to Kutztown entering Tuesday’s game.
“The girls stuck to the game plan and they really stayed focused,” Behrens said. “They didn’t get too high or too low. I just got out of their way and let the girls play their game.”
With the win, the Marauders move to 3-2 on the year and look forward to the rest of the season.
“This win gives us confidence and reinforces that we are good, we have earned this and we have a great team so let’s go out and do it,” Behrens said. “I’m happy for the girls, they deserve it. They took control and left no doubt.”