Published: November 6, 2015
In a rematch of last year’s Landmark Conference semifinal, the women’s soccer team defeated Elizabethtown 1-0 in double overtime at home Wednesday.
The Royals advance to the conference championship for the sixth-straight season.
Saturday, junior forward Kelly Egan beat Elizabethtown in the regular season finale in overtime by tapping in a goal and Wednesday she did it again.
“It was free kick, the goalie saves it; it just popped out right to me and I finished it,” Egan said. “I knew what I had to do.”
For the winning goal, first-year midfielder Taylor Stevens played a free kick to the left post, junior defender Carolyn Warned volleyed it across and Egan scored with 1:45 remaining in the second overtime. This was Egan’s sixth game-winning goal of the season. She is now third in the conference in points with 20.
The University students who packed the sideline all game swarmed the players after the golden goal.
“It was honestly insane. I’ve never been a part of something like that so I was like, ‘Woah that’s so many people,’” Egan said. “It was awesome, it was so much fun.”
This win was the 100th for Scranton head coach Colleen Pivirotto. In the physical game, she was proud of her team’s poise.
“They did a good job, especially in the second half and overtime, of keeping their composure and that’s why we got the opportunities we did,” Pivirotto said. “We were able to keep our composure, get one more chance, Taylor sent that great ball in and Kelly got that goal so it was awesome.”
Before the game, senior co-captain and defensive anchor Jasmine Sconciafurno predicted a win.
“This game could possibly be our last game and we do not want that to happen, we want to make it to the championship, we worked this hard,” Sconciafurno said. “We want it more than any team I know out there in our conference.”
Last year, it was a similar situation as the two teams played to end the regular season and met again in the conference semifinals.
Before the game, senior forward Gianna Vitolo said the team could not fall into the trap Elizabethtown did last season.
“It’s not the same exact situation (as last year). In the regular season last year we lost against Elizabethtown (4-3) and ended up beating them in the semifinals (2-1 in overtime), and I think that was because after beating us, they thought they were just going to get the second win,” Vitolo said. “Just because we won against them in the regular season, it’s a blank slate and we really have to come out and take it to them.”
Senior forward Michaela Arbus was not ready for this to be her last game. She said she has not taken any plays for granted this season.
“It’s sprint to every ball, run through every ball, get taken out if you have to get taken out,” Arbus said.
Arbus predicted Scranton’s superior pace and stamina would wear on Elizabethtown and it did.
Inactive for the regular season finale with a concussion, Elizabethtown’s point leader senior midfielder Kaseyanne Cerankowski played in the semifinal. This did not change the result from Saturday. Cerankowski finished the season with 19 points, which is fourth in the conference. Elizabethtown’s best chance came in the 80th minute when senior forward Lauren Berry ripped a shot from outside the 18-yard box that hit off the crossbar. Elizabethtown also had good chances in the first overtime.
For The University, junior goalkeeper Krissy Welsh recorded her 11th shutout of the season, the best in the conference. She also leads the conference in goals against average. She allows half a goal per game.
After the semifinal win, the second-seeded University team improves to 13-3-2 on the season. The team advances to play top-seeded Catholic for the conference championship at 1 p.m. Saturday in Washington, D.C. Last year, The University lost 1-0 in the championship against Catholic.
This season, Catholic is 7-0 in the conference and defeated Moravian 3-0 in its semifinal Wednesday. On Oct. 17, Catholic won 3-2 at Scranton in double overtime. The Royals led 2-1 until Catholic scored on a penalty kick in the 85th minute to tie the game.
Head coach Pivirotto and the team are ready for the championship rematch.
“We’re confident,” Pivirotto said. “We know that we could’ve beaten them here (in the regular season) and we’re ready for a little bit of revenge from that final from last year.”
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