The University of Scranton women's soccer team spent the past two-plus months preparing doing what it would take to win a Landmark Conference championship. On Saturday, the Royals will have their chance to reach that goal when they host Susquehanna in the title match at 1 p.m. at Weiss Field.
Top-seeded Scranton (15-1-2) is aiming for its third straight Landmark Conference title and seventh in the conference's 12-year history. This is the Royals' ninth straight appearance in the title game. The winner also receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, which would be Scranton's third straight appearance and 18th in program history.
The Royals reached the title game with a 2-0 semifinal victory over fourth-seeded Moravian on Tuesday at Weiss Field. Senior Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) and sophomore Corinne McDonald (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South) scored first-half goals and senior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) earned the shutout with a diving save in the second half.
Second-seeded Susquehanna (13-3-2) advanced with its own 2-0 victory over Catholic in Tuesday's other semifinal. The match was scoreless at the half before the River Hawks scored in the 54th and 60th minutes on goals by Anna Werner and Emily Sullivan. Madison Welliver made four saves in the shutout.
In the regular season meeting between Scranton and Susquehanna on Oct. 20, the Royals scored a 1-0 road victory. McDonald's goal in the 70th minute broke a scoreless tie and Berry came up with four saves in the shutout as Scranton held a slim 10-8 lead in shots and 5-2 in corner kicks.
Saturday's game is a rematch of last year's title tilt, won by the Royals, 2-0, at Fitzpatrick Field. This is the third straight season Scranton and Susquehanna have faced each other in the postseason, with Scranton also scoring a 1-0 overtime victory in the 2016 semifinals.
Admission to the semifinal match is $7 for adults and $4 for seniors (62 and older) and non-Landmark Conference students. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free of charge, as are all Landmark Conference students, faculty and staff with their school ID.
The University of Scranton would like to remind all who are planning to attend Tuesday's semifinal that dogs are not allowed at the Quinn Athletics Campus, pursuant to University policy.
For live video of the match, visit https://portal.stretchinternet.com/scranton/. Live stats are available at https://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/wsoc/2018-19/boxscores/20181103_oppo.xml.