BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – Millersville has been looking for a breakthrough win and on Wednesday against No. 4 Bloomsburg, the No. 6 Marauders finally got it. Champayne Hess broke a scoreless tie in overtime, giving Millersville a 1-0 win and ending a 23-year drought against the Huskies.
The last time Millersville (10-5) defeated Bloomsburg (11-4), not a single member of the current roster had been born. Since their last win in 1989, the Marauders were 0-31-2 against the perennial national championship contenders. At the beginning of the season, the Marauders dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to the Huskies at home. This time around, Millersville delivered by winning its third consecutive overtime game.
Hess’ goal, her third of the season, came with just 2:23 left in the first overtime. She picked up the ball from 20 yards out and carried it the rest of the way into the circle where she beat Megan Eppley on the right side.
The shot was only one of four that Eppley faced the entire game. Millersville’s keeper, Lauren Sotzin, came up with eight saves for her seventh shutout of the season.
Sotzin turned away a shot 7:06 into overtime, and after that Millersville took control, forcing a penalty corner and eventually scoring the game-winner. Hess entered the game only 11 seconds before her score.
Bloomsburg made a strong charge at the end of regulation. At the 66 minute mark, Bloomsburg fired three shots off of a penalty corner, but all three were denied. Sotzin totaled seven saves in the second half alone.
Alicia Youtz led Millersville with two shots including one on goal. Rachel Dickinson and Brittany Troutman accounted for the other two on goal.
With its 10th win, Millersville clinched its first winning record since 1998 and inches closer to a postseason appearance. A 5-2 league record draws the Marauders even with Bloomsburg and a game behind West Chester for first place in the division.