Mercyhurst ends The Rock’s season

Published by Tyler Howe, Date: November 4, 2022

The Rock women’s soccer team saw their season come to a close as Mercyhurst bested them on the road in Erie on Nov. 2.

The game, which was very even by most accounts, saw just one goal in the 90 minutes of action. In fact, things being even was the story of the season when it came to The Rock and Mercyhurst. In both of their previous matchups this season, the teams ended in draws.

The first matchup in Erie came in early September, and Mercyhurst struck first in the game off of a Karah Van Horn goal in the 28th minute. The Lakers had the edge in offensive play during that game. They registered 19 shots with eight of them on goal, and the one squeaking past Rock goalkeeper, Emma Yoder.

The Rock got the tying goal early in the second half, but neither squad netted another point, leaving the game at a 1-1 draw. It was one of eight draws on the year for The Rock.

Their second match against Mercyhurst was much of the same, except neither team was able to beat each other’s goalkeeper to walk away with a win. The result was a second draw, this time 0-0.

So going into their PSAC playoff game in Erie against Mercyhurst, it felt like either side could walk away with a win.

Saxon stadium once again played host for their matchup. The only highlight all afternoon came 26 minutes into action. Amber Thomas beat Yoder and just like that Mercyhurst was looking to protect a lead against a team that has had an answer for everything they’ve done this season.

The Rock was back to playing catch up in the stadium that they had to just months prior. But they weren’t able to muster anything up.

The Rock had five shots in the second half, but none of them made it past the Lakers goalkeeper, Maddie Elbro.

Time ran out on The Rock women’s soccer team’s season. With it came the end of the careers for multiple players. A new era has been ushered in, but now the reset starts to begin completely.

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Tyler is a senior converged journalism major. This is his second semester as the sports editor of the Rocket. He has written well over 150 articles with the paper, while covering every sport SRU has to offer. He also covered the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden, while the Rocket went to New York City in March 2022.


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