Another season is in the books for the Shippensburg University men’s soccer team. It ended its season on Saturday with a loss at Bloomsburg University to the Huskies, 3–1.
After managing to get its first win in the month of October on Tuesday, SU was not able to continue that form and end the season on a high note. The Raiders end the season with an overall record of 6–12, and a 2–9 record in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
It was a tough loss to swallow for the Raiders, as Bloomsburg has been struggling this season.
Bloomsburg took an early lead in the 11th minute when a cross came in, allowing a Bloomsburg player to get his head on it and put the ball into the net.
Bloomsburg was able to stretch the lead to two before halftime, when a Bloomsburg player headed in a rebound that came off of SU goalkeeper Garret Watson’s save.
The Raiders drew closer six minutes into the second half, when defender Jamie Blair headed a corner kick into the net to cut the deficit to one.
SU was unable to find the equalizing goal, despite having 12 shots in the game. Bloomsburg added one more insurance goal off a corner kick with 20 minutes left.
After starting the season off with five wins in its first seven games, it seemed as if the men’s soccer team would be able to compete for the PSAC Championship. But, things quickly dropped off from there. The team only managed to get one win in the entire month of October.
The Raiders lose important seniors next season in captain Colten Arnold, midfielder Tyler Whitehead, keeper Evan Raimist, and forward Colin McConnell. They will leave huge holes on the squad for SU to replace.