Huskies claw their way to PSAC Championship but fall short


Freshman Braden Alicea beats a Gannon Defender off the dribble.

Jack Dixon, Sports Editor

Competing for a chance to play in the PSAC championship game, Bloomsburg’s Men’s Soccer team found themselves in a hole, down 1-2 going into halftime. Gannon University got on the board early, scoring just over two minutes into the game. The Huskies got the score back to even with a goal scored by forward Liam Harmon about 2/3 through the first half, though it was short-lived. Moments later Gannon scored again to put them back on top.  

Players came out of the half determined and playing hard for a spot in the PSAC championship game. Three fouls were called in the first ten minutes of the second half and neither team could get anything going. Finally, after 20 minutes of play, Huskies forward, Sammy Ames scored the first goal of the half and tied the game up. Gannon had lost the lead and was eager to get it back. However, Goalkeeper Brady Rimple and Bloomsburg’s defense had other plans.  

Gannon teed off seven unanswered shots at the Husky goal but to no avail. Once the onslaught was over, Bloomsburg pushed the counterattack and forced a penalty on a Gannon defender. Olly Whitham took the free kick and found Patrick Walsh in the box for the go-ahead goal.  

Gannon knew this could be the end of their season and Bloomsburg had all the momentum. The Huskies’ defense stayed locked in, continuing to shut down the Golden Knights’ attack all the way to the final buzzer. 

Bloomsburg had made their way to the PSAC championship for the fifth time in program history and tied their total win record with their win versus Gannon.  

In the PSAC championship game, the Huskies matched up with Mercyhurst University. Mercyhurst has been a force to be reckoned with all year coming into the game as the No. 2 in the nation among Division II schools with an 18-0-1 record.  

The Huskies came out hungry for their first PSAC championship in program history racking up 4 shots in the first 8 minutes. However, Mercyhurst would score the first goal of the game in the 11th minute with a header from Jorge Torres. 

Mercyhurst’s defense has been a staple of their play all year, allowing just 4 goals on the season. The story was no different in this one. Mercyhurst continued to shut down the Husky offense for the remainder of the game, including a big save with under 2 minutes left on a header from Alex Wilsterman.

Although the Huskies couldn’t capture a conference championship, their efforts didn’t go unnoticed, having six players selected to All-PSAC teams.