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Women's Soccer Battles, but Falls to Misericordia in Sweet 16 Matchup

© Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty /
© Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty /

DALLAS, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's soccer team (17-3-2) battled until the final whistle, but ultimately fell short in a 2-0 loss to the Misericordia Cougars (21-0-1) in a Sweet 16 matchup on Saturday afternoon at Mangelsdorf Field in Dallas.

This marked the second straight Sweet 16 appearance for the Royals who advanced on penalty kicks against Bowdoin and notched a 3-0 victory over Westfield State last weekend.

Misericordia will now take on Johns Hopkins in an Elite Eight game on Sunday as the Blue Jays were 2-1 overtime winners against Williams in Saturday's other contest.

The Cougars grabbed an early 1-0 lead just 0:54 into the game as Ally Waite sent a shot into the top corner of the net following a corner kick. In the 24th minute, Misericordia nearly extended the lead, but Royals' sophomore goalie Nicole Olson (Stoughton, Mass./Ursuline Academy) denied a shot by Esabella Mendola and added another save in the 32nd minute to keep it a one goal game for the time being. Through the remainder of the half, Scranton had chances in the 39th and 42nd minutes when Cougars' goalie Madi Welliver tallied saves on shots from senior Evelyn Bruggeman (Coatesville, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) and freshman Dani Orecchio (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan). A would be goal from Misericordia was also disallowed due to an offsides call in the 44th minute and things remained 1-0 at halftime.

In the early stages of the second half, Misericordia extended the lead to 2-0 with a goal from Colleen Kinsella in the 51st minute. Welliver added two more saves in the 60th and 62nd minute as the Royals continued to try to fight their way back. Scranton held a 7-6 shot advantage in the half including four in the final 10 plus minutes of regulation and senior Teresa Hegarty (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) saw her shot turned away by Welliver in the 85th minute.

For the game, the Cougars held a slight 13-12 advantage in shots and junior Niamh Healy (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee) led the Royals with four.

Olson registered two saves for Scranton on the afternoon, while Welliver made five saves for Misericordia.

The Royals' 2022 roster featured five seniors and a graduate student in Bruggeman, Hegarty, Stephanie Lowrey (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), Devon Schroeder (North Bellmore, N.Y./Mepham), Claire Sites (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford Area) and Noelle Walker (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville). During their careers, this senior class helped lead the program to three Landmark Conference championships and the afore-mentioned consecutive Sweet 16 appearances.