Women’s soccer jumps above .500 after weekend showdown

BY CARMINE GERRITY-GERMEI
STAFF WRITER

The women’s soccer team’s offense started the season slow, but the team finally found its groove Saturday and showed promise for the rest of the season.

The Royals defeated Delaware Valley College 7-0 Saturday in Doylestown and improved its record to 3-2 on the season.

Royal first-year players combined for four goals and four assists in the win. Forward Kelsey Bacon recorded two goals and an assist, forward Stephanie Gonnella had a goal and an assist, midfielder Kelly Egan had two assists and forward Christina Akalski scored a goal.

First-year goalkeepers Danielle Maurice and Krissy Walsh combined efforts in the shutout of Delaware Valley. Each played one half, respectively, and Walsh made one save.

Head coach Colleen Murphy said she is happy with the season so far and with the performance of her first-year players.

“It’s definitely a good class [of first-year players],” Murphy said. “A couple of them have been able to come in right away and make an impact. It’s still a long season, but it was a great breakout game for some of those girls and we’re really pleased with what we’ve seen from them so far.”

For the Royals, senior forward Samantha Russo scored the only goal of the first half, sophomore midfielder Michaela Arbus recorded an assist, junior midfielder Kaitlyn Greeley scored a goal and sophomore forward Gianna Vitolo scored the final goal for the Royals.

The Royals managed to score seven goals, the team’s highest of the season.

Vitolo said the team focused on scoring more in the second half.

“It was 1-0 in the first half and at halftime we talked about capitalizing on all of our chances that we had. We focused on that in the second half,” Vitolo said.

The Royals ended up scoring six goals in just over 30 minutes in the second half. The Royals out shot Delaware Valley 34-2. The seven goals were the most for the Royals since they defeated Lycoming 7-1 on September 20, 2006.

The seven-goal margin of victory was Royals’ largest since they defeated King’s College 9-0 on October 7, 2004.

When asked what the team can improve on most, sophomore defender Jas mine Sconciafurno said.

the team could work on its chemistry on the field. “There are a lot of new play ers on the field, so we’re still getting used to playing with each other, and we’re still getting used to our new formation,” Sconciafurno said.

The Royals will travel to Farmingdale, N.Y., to play Farmingdale State University in a non-conference game Saturday.

Murphy said Farmingdale State is athletic and the three-hour trip will help the team get used to longer trips, which will be beneficial when the team has lengthy drives to conference opponents Goucher and Juniata.

Murphy said the team tries to prepare for conference play when playing in these nonconference games.

“We’re trying to work out any kinks that we have, fig ure out where we should be playing certain players, and we’re playing a new formation [4-3-3],” Murphy said. “We want to work everything out before our first conference game [Juniata, Sept. 28] so that we feel confident.”

Contact the writer: carmine.gerritygemei@scranton.edu

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