Marauders win 2nd round playoff match

The Millersville University men’s soccer team secured its first NCAA Tournament win since 2013 in dramatic penalty kick fashion on Saturday night over Gannon to advance to the third round.

The Marauders dominated the box score from start to finish on a night that didn’t see over 35 degrees, outshooting the Golden Knights 28-7, including a 15-5 edge on frame; however, none of that mattered when the clock showed zeros and the scored tied 2-2 at the end of the second overtime and 110 minutes of action. It was one PK at a time from that point on, and the Marauders understood the assignment.

In the first round, Anthony Calamia and Gannon’s Joe Knox each converted their attempts. The start of the second PK round saw possibly the biggest play of the game for Millersville, as goalkeeper Bobby Bosch dove right to stop a Bek Nurlanbek shot that gave ‘Ville an advantage the rest of the way. Matteo Adiletta and Jake Altimore each converted their chances, while Spencer Shortt was stopped by Gannon’s Maximilliano Rocco. Gannon also converted two of three. This set up a winner-take-all attempt from Bob Hennessey in the fifth round, and the redshirt sophomore provided fireworks for the Marauder fan base. Rocco went left, as Hennessey fired right to send his team to the third round.

Millersville, the reigning Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champions started the scoring early in the fifth minute when Shortt found Adiletta to take the first lead of the evening. Seven minutes later, Gannon sent a cross into the box that forced a Marauder own goal that tied the match at oen. There was a 50 minute break in between scores, but it was worth the wait, as Matt Lynch continued to show how electric he can be off the bench with a steal and open-net score to put Millersville up. The Golden Knights wouldn’t go away without a fight though, Benjamin Querling, who only logged 24 minutes, netted the equalizer in the 70th minute off a pin-point pass from Sergio Del Castillo.

The Marauders will enjoy a brief break for Thanksgiving before heading to New Hampshire for a third round matchup with No. 1 seed Franklin Pierce on Dec. 2 or Dec. 3.