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Women's Soccer Set to Host Drew in Saturday's Landmark Championship Game

Photo by: ZJ Morse
Photo by: ZJ Morse

In search of a third straight Landmark Conference title and fifth in six seasons, The top seeded University of Scranton women's soccer team (15-2-1) will host the No. 3 seed Drew Rangers (11-5-2) in the Landmark Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field with action getting underway at 1 p.m.

The winner of Saturday's game will earn the Landmark's automatic bid to the 2022 NCAA Division III Tournament with the field of 64 set to be announced in a live selection show on NCAA.com on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Admission to Saturday's championship game 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.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at this link. Cash will also be accepted at the gate, but advance purchase through HomeTown ticketing at the link above is the preferred method.

The Royals topped fourth seeded Catholic in dramatic fashion with a 1-0 victory in Tuesday's semifinals as sophomore Emily Bannon (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) scored the eventual game-winner in the 95th minute following a pass from the corner by senior Teresa Hegarty (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy). The goal was Bannon's fifth of the season and her third game-winner, while Hegarty picked up her team-leading sixth assist.

Drew also captured a semifinal win in overtime when Alexa Krause scored the lone goal of the game in the 105th minute to send the Rangers past No. 2 seed Susquehanna. On the season, Krause leads the conference with 15 goals.

Saturday marks the third all-time championship game matchup between the two programs with the Royals notching a 2-1 victory in 2010 and the Rangers winning on a penalty kick shootout in 2013.

Scranton was ranked fifth in the most recent set of NCAA Regional Rankings that were unveiled earlier this week.

On the year, the Royals are tied for fourth nationally in fewest goals allowed (5), goals against average (0.27) and shutouts (13). Sophomore goalie Nicole Olson (Stoughton, Mass./Ursuline Academy) also ranks fifth in all of Division III in both GAA (0.20) and save percentage (.933).

Offensively, five different players have scored three or more goals led by juniors Niamh Healy (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee) with 10 and Mary Haggerty (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) with six.

Healy ranks second in the conference with her 10 tallies and Hegarty sits third with the six assists.

Krause leads Drew with 15 goals on the year, while Rebecca Racine has nine goals of her own and Isabella Grof-Tisza is tied for the conference lead with eight helpers.

Click the following links for live video and live stats of Saturday's championship game.

--ROYALS--