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Women's Soccer Set to Battle Misericordia in Saturday's Sweet 16 Matchup

Photo by: ZJ Morse
Photo by: ZJ Morse

After a 3-0 victory over Westfield State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, The University of Scranton women's soccer team (17-2-2) is set to take on top ranked Misericordia (20-0-1) in a Sweet 16 matchup on Saturday afternoon in Dallas.

Action is slated to get underway at 1 p.m. at Misericordia's Mangelsdorf Field.

Johns Hopkins (19-0-2) and Williams (11-4-3) will meet in Saturday's second game and the two winners will then meet on Sunday at 3 p.m. with a berth in the Final Four on the line.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students ages 5-21. Cash will be the only accepted form of payment.

If you can't make it to Weiss Field, there will be live video and live stats for all three matches this weekend.

The Royals advanced to the Sweet 16 for a second consecutive year by advancing on penalty kicks against Bowdoin and then the afore-mentioned 3-0 win over Westfield State.

For Misericordia, the Cougars blanked Marywood 6-0 in the first round and then notched a 5-1 victory over Western New England in the second round.

This marks the second meeting this season between the two programs after Misericordia captured a 1-0 victory on a goal by Kate Field in the 88th minute back on Sept. 28 at Weiss Field.

On the season, the Royals are led by junior Niamh Healy (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee) who leads the conference with eight game-winning goals and her 11 goals rank second. Fellow junior Mary Haggerty (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) has also added 18 points on six goals and six assists, while senior Teresa Hegarty (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) leads the Landmark with eight assists and has also contributed four goals.

Scranton leads all of Division III in save percentage (.921) and also ranks in the Top 10 nationally in shutouts (16) and (0.23). Sophomore goalie Nicole Olson (Stoughton, Mass./Ursuline Academy) has allowed just three goals on the season and has registered 11 shutouts.

The Cougars rank second in the country with 100 goals and are led by Emma Sweitzer who broke her own program record with 24 goals, a total is tied for seventh nationally. Sweitzer also broke a single-season program record with 64 points, while Michaela Fasolino has also added 51 points on 21 goals and nine assists.

In goal for Misericordia, Madi Welliver has started all 21 games and has posted a 0.37 goals against average. As a team, the Cougars have recorded 14 shutouts on the season.

Click here to view the full NCAA women's soccer bracket.