This Saturday night at 8 p.m. Cathedral Prep (4-2-0) and Mercyhurst Prep (5-2-0) clash at Penn State Behrend for the first time this season. Prep and Mercyhurst have brewed up a new rivalry in the past few years. Both teams have had good but young teams and last year was the first game between the two teams.
The game was played on a Friday after school in October. The stands were filled with Prep students and Mercyhurst students waiting for the game to kick off. Everyone was looking ridiculous, cheering loud, and going crazy for the big game.
The game lasted 100 minutes with the two, 10-minute overtimes. With tough defense on both ends, the high-powered offenses could not decipher either, which led to the 0-0 draw.
This year the teams will have a greater hunger for victory. Teddy Martin and Tyler Shuemaker will look to be the playmakers in the game, but each team will use their young forwards to score goals. The Lakers this year have a well-rounded team with a deep line-up of experienced players, but Geoff Mayes, who is a four-year varsity player, will be sidelined with a concussion. The Ramblers will look to use their three forward system and cause distress to the Lakers back line.
This is a must-see match because both teams will play great soccer and will have a high intensity. Yes, last year it ended in a draw, but this year is a different story. Having the game under the lights on a Saturday night means something great is about to happen.