Mercyhurst women’s soccer faced No.5 ranked West Chester on Friday, Sept. 11, but fell during an intense game.
During most of the first half, West Chester dominated the game with its passing. Using the wings to gain depth, they scored the first goal at the 18th minute.
As the clock was ticking, the Rams started to feel more comfortable on the field. The solid defense of Mercyhurst was not enough to keep them from scoring the second goal six minutes later.
However, Mercyhurst did not throw the game away, and the girls brought their game up. By the end of the first half it was an entire different game.
Just before halftime, senior forward Kristina Roberti scored letting everyone know the game had not ended yet. This was Roberti’s first goal of the season closing the gap in score to one.
The girls returned motivated to the second half, exhibiting their game and making West Chester play defensively.
Unfortunately, the 45 minutes of the second half weren’t enough for Mercyhurst to tie the game.
Roberti made a lot of sacrifices running up and down the field, which led her to score her goal. “To improve we have to come out and play the 90 minutes, get the ball moving a little quicker, and get the ball on the wings,” said Roberti.
Despite the loss, the Mercyhurst defense looked very solid.
“If you watched the whole game, the second half it was them reacting to us, whereas the first half we reacted to them,” said Head Coach Keith Cammidge
“We’re going to play more consistently, even if you played well, in the end you are always going to be judged by how many games you have won, and how many games you have lost.”
The Lakers played again on Saturday against Bloomsburg defeating them 2-1 in overtime.
The first goal of the game came from senior forward Lauren Testa in the second half.
The overtime goal was made by Roberti giving the Lakers their first win of the season.
Mercyhurst will travel to Clarion for the next game on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The game is set to start at 7 p.m.