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Top Seeded Women's Soccer Prepares to Host Catholic in Tuesday's Landmark Semis

Photo by: ZJ Morse
Photo by: ZJ Morse

The top seeded University of Scranton women's soccer team (14-2-1, 7-0 Landmark) will host No. 4 seed Catholic (3-9-5, 2-2-3 Landmark) in Landmark semifinal action on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Weiss Field in Scranton.

Tuesday's winner will advance to Saturday's championship game against the winner of the other semifinal that pits No. 2 Susquehanna against No. 3 Drew. The two semifinal winners will meet on Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed at a time yet to be determined.

Admission to Tuesday's semifinal matchup is $7 for adults and $4 for minors ages 10-17 and seniors 62 and older. Children ages nine and under are admitted free of charge, as are all Landmark Conference students, faculty and staff with their school ID.

Fans can follow this link to purchase tickets for Tuesday's game and cash will also be accepted at the game, but advance purchase through HomeTown ticketing at the link above is the preferred method.

Scranton closed out the regular season with a 3-0 victory over Juniata on Saturday as junior Niamh Healy (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee) and seniors Teresa Hegarty (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) and Claire Sites (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford Area) found the back of the net in the win.

For Catholic, they clinched the fourth and final playoff spot with Saturday's 2-1 victory versus Elizabethtown. The Cardinals scored two goals in the first 35 plus minutes of the match and held on for the 2-1 win.

Back on Sept. 24, Healy scored both goals and the Royals held a 16-4 shot advantage en route to the 2-0 win at Catholic.

This marks the first playoff meeting between the two sides since consecutive matchups in the title game in 2014 and 2015.

Head coach Colleen Pivirotto's program is in search of a third straight title and a fifth in six seasons after a 2-0 win over Elizabethtown in 2021.

The Cardinals are making their first playoff appearance since losing in the semifinals in 2019 and have previously won three Landmark titles in 2009, 2014 and 2015.

On the season, Healy has led the Royals offensively with 10 goals including seven game-winners. She leads the conference with her seven game-winners and ranks second in goals.

Elsewhere for Scranton, junior Mary Haggerty (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) has tallied 17 points on six goals and five assists, while four others player have added three or more goals. Haggerty and Hegarty are tied for the team lead with five assists on the year, which is also tied for third in the Landmark.

The Royals have once again featured a strong backline as they have conceded just five goals and recorded 12 shutouts, both of which are among the Top 10 in all of Division III.

Sophomore goalie Nicole Olson (Stoughton, Mass./Ursuline Academy) leads the conference and ranks in the top 10 nationally in both goals against average (0.22) and save percentage (.929).

Catholic has featured a balanced attack offensively as four different players have scored two goals apiece including Lauren Cerda and Jordan Sick who are tied for the team lead in points with six.

Click the following links for the live video and live stats for Tuesday's match.

--ROYALS--