A goal from Mercyhurst freshman Lauren Testa propelled the Lakers to a 1-0 win over the Lock Haven University Eagles on Oct. 24, bring a hard-fought victory to the women’s soccer team.
“It was a great feeling, and a big accomplishment for me to contribute to the win,” Testa said.
As a freshman, Testa took the challenging transition into college soccer with great stride.
“At first it was a challenge, I was a little home sick. It was weird playing with girls that I had never played with. Now that I’m all settled in, I really enjoy it and it’s a great experience,” the forward said.
She credits her success on the field to her father, who has supported her since she picked up the sport.
“He’s been there for me ever since the beginning. He went from coaching me through the years, to being my biggest fan on the sidelines,” Testa said.
Unfortunately, the Lakers fell to Gannon in their season finale on Sunday, Oct. 28. Subsequently, the Lakers ended their season with a solid record of 7-10-1 overall.
“It was a tough loss. Everyone was disappointed, but we aren’t ashamed by the way we played. We all gave 150 percent, and no one gave up. It’s just too bad that the end didn’t turn out in our favor,” Testa said.
Although the season is over for the Lakers, prospects are high for next year. Testa anticipates a great next season for the team.
“We will build off of this season. The entire team started to work really well with each other toward the end, and I’m hoping that we continue this for the future season,” said Testa. “I’m looking forward to playing with all of the returning girls, as well as meeting the new ones.”
The Lakers aim to have an even more productive season in the spring, with many veteran players returning and a positive year to improve off of.