Royals Open 2014 Season With 6-0 Win Over Eastern; O'Kane Returns to Lineup and Tallies Two Goals

After sitting out the 2013 season with an injury, senior Kelsy O'Kane returned to action today and scored two goals to lead the Royals to a 6-0 victory over Eastern University at the Haverford College Kick-Off Classic.
After sitting out the 2013 season with an injury, senior Kelsy O'Kane returned to action today and scored two goals to lead the Royals to a 6-0 victory over Eastern University at the Haverford College Kick-Off Classic.
Kelsy O'Kane Christina Akalski Sarah Andrew
Kelsey Bacon Samantha Wargo Shannon McKenna


EDITOR'S NOTE: Updates with Sunday's game time at 1 p.m.

Box score

HAVERFORD, Pa.—If veteran University of Scranton women’s soccer coach Colleen Pivirotto had any reservations entering today’s season opener against Eastern University at the Haverford Kick-Off Classic, they were quickly dismissed.

Senior forward Kelsy O’Kane (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara), returning to the lineup after sitting out the 2013 season with an injury, scored twice in the opening 20 minutes and the Royal defense did not allow a shot attempt as Scranton cruised to a 6-0 victory.  

The Royals extended their lead to 3-0 by intermission on a goal by sophomore Christina Akalski (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) on a play set up by sophomore midfielder Shannon McKenna (Islip, NY/Islip) and junior midfielder Sarah Andrews (Mountaintop, Pa./Crestwood), sophomore forward Kelsey Bacon (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus), and freshman midfielder Samantha Wargo (Kings Park, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) chipped in a goal apiece in the final 45 minutes of action. Junior Gianna Vitolo (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) and sophomore Caroline Slattery (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) each recorded an assist for Scranton, which held a 16-0 advantage in shots.

The Royals will meet Haverford College, which defeated Arcadia University, 1-0, in Saturday's other semifinal match, on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. for the title.

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