Back-to-back overtime goals extend women’s soccer streak

BY JUSTIN DWYER
SPORTS EDITOR

After winning a dramatic overtime 3-2 game over the Farmingdale State University Rams Saturday afternoon, the women’s soccer team once again pulled out a dramatic overtime win Tuesday night.
The Royals won their sixth straight game after defeating Muhlenberg College in overtime 2-1 at Fitzpatrick Field.
Scranton was down 1-0 late in the second half, but first-year forward Kelsey Bacon tied things up late at the 88th minute on a pass from fellow first-year forward Christina Akalski.
The game would eventually go into overtime, where senior forward Samantha Russo was tripped by the Mules’ goalkeeper and earned a penalty kick. Bacon, who took the penalty shot, sent the ball into the right corner of the net and clinched the win for Scranton.
Russo said the team played much better in the second half after playing sluggish in the first half.
“In the first half we came out really slow. In the second half we picked up the intensity and after Christina [Bacon] scored, you could just feel that we were eventually going to win the game,” Russo said.
The Royals outshot Muhlenberg 23-5 and had six corner kicks for each one of the Mules’. Bacon’s goal was her sixth goal in just seven collegiate games, and she has been a constant offensive force during the team’s six-game win streak.
The win came on the heels of the women winning an exciting game against Farmingdale Saturday afternoon after being down both 1-0 and 2-1.
Russo was the hero in that game, scoring with just 90 seconds left in overtime to give Scranton the win.
Farmingdale scored just over seven minutes into the game, but first-year midfielder Kelly Egan tied things up two minutes later on a pass from Russo and first-year midfielder Shannon McKenna.
The Rams would take a 2-1 lead all the way until late in the second half, when Bacon scored at the 82nd minute to tie the game at two.
In overtime, Russo scored the game winner by placing a shot in the bottom right corner of the net.
Russo said she was excited to beat the 4-4 Farmingdale team and said it’s always a good feeling to score the game winning goal.
“It was just very exciting. Farmingdale was one of the better teams we played, and it’s just always a relief to win the game in overtime,” Russo said.
The team is now 6-2 after dropping the first two games of the season. Scranton’s first Landmark Conference game is at 1 p.m. Saturday against Juniata College, and Russo said it’s always an important game. “We have never lost against a conference team ever since my freshman year, so other conference teams are always out to beat us,” Russo said.
Russo said the players have has to stay consistent and keep playing the same kind of soccer that has propelled them to six straight wins.
“I think if we keep working hard and staying positive, we will play well the rest of the season,” Russo said.

Contact the writer:
justin.dwyer@scranton.edu

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