WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sophomore forward Corinne McDonald (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South) scored in the 64th minute to lift The University of Scranton women's soccer team to a 1-0 road victory over Catholic in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.
After a scoreless first half, the Royals (6-0-1, 1-0-0 Landmark) broke through when McDonald scored off a free kick from the right corner by sophomore midfielder Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus). The goal was McDonald's second of the season and sixth of her career while Stiles picked up her first assist of 2108 and seventh of her career.
Scranton controlled possession for the majority of the contest and even had a first-half goal nullified by an offside call. The Royals finished with an 11-5 edge in shots, including 10-1 in shots on goal.
Catholic (4-2-2, 0-1-0 Landmark) had a chance to tie late in regulation. The Cardinals got pressure and slipped the ball past Scranton keeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), who had come off her line. But a Royals defender was in position to sweep the ball away as it slowly rolled toward the goal line.
Berry needed to make just one save for her second shutout of the season and 15th of her career. She is now tied for ninth in team history in career shutouts.
The victory improves the Royals' unbeaten start to eight matches, their best start since the 2003 season when Scranton went 22-0-1 before losing in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Scranton has also won 18 straight Landmark Conference games, including postseason play. The Royals' last loss to a Landmark foe came on Nov. 7, 2015, with a 3-2 loss at Catholic in the conference title match.
The women's soccer team will be back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 25, when the Royals host Wilkes at 7 p.m. at Weiss Field.