Two women’s soccer away games result in a draw


Samantha Weber, Editor-in-chief

The women’s soccer team played against Edinboro University on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and against Slippery Rock University on Saturday, Oct. 8. Both games ended in a 0-0 tie.

In the game against Edinboro, the beginning foreshadowed that the game could go either way for the teams because it was constantly back and forth.

The first big play by the Lakers was when senior Madison Hoover took a shot and it bounced off the crossbar. After that, grad student Lauren Casey attempted to score on another long-distance shot like the one she had last week, but unfortunately was unsuccessful.

Mercyhurst was putting the pressure on the Scots offensively. Unfortunately, Edinboro had a strong defense that could not be broken through. Edinboro’s goalkeeper also played an amazing game and was a key player for her team.

In the first half, the Lakers took 10 shots and four of them were on target. The second half mimicked the first as neither team was able to score. Casey took another shot in the 52nd minute that was saved.

Senior Amber Thomas took a shot in the 75th minute of the game that was also saved. With only minutes left in the scoreless match, sophomore Karah Van Horn took a shot that was also saved. In the 89th minute of the game, sophomore Teagan Mehalko took the final shot of the game which was saved by the Edinboro goalkeeper.

Mercyhurst played very well offensively as they had 21 shots and nine were on target and MU also drew eight corner kicks but were not able to score off of any. The Lakers added another tie to make their record history 6-9-4 against the Edinboro Fighting Scots.

On Saturday, the Lakers traveled to Slippery Rock to hopefully add another win to their record. Similar to how their game against Edinboro started, the Lakers kept going back and forth with their opponent and no one was able to dominate the game right out of the gate.

Thomas took a shot in the 17th minute that was ultimately saved by the Rock’s goalkeeper. The Lakers had four shots and two of which were on target, but both teams’ defense were playing well and the game went into half-time tied at 0-0.

The second half went the same as the first since neither team could get the ball in the back of the net. Senior Taryn Baxter took a shot on goal in the 60th minute, but missed the target.

Van Horn took another shot and also ended up missing the goal. Junior Alyssa Poleski took the final shot of the game in the 89th minute, yet it was stopped by the Slippery Rock goalkeeper. Laker goalkeeper junior Maddie Elbro had three saves.

Mercyhurst has a record of 4-9-4 when it comes to playing Slippery Rock.The Lakers current record is 7-2-4 and hope to add another win today as they are hosting University of Pittsburgh Johnstown.