The University of Scranton women's soccer team began its 2015 campaign with an impressive performance in a 3-1 victory over Kean University on Tuesday evening at Fitzpatrick Field.
The Royals (1-0) received goals from a trio of juniors – midfielder Christina Akalski (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), forward Kelsey Bacon (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) and defender Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany Hills) – while avenging a 2-0 loss at Kean last season.
Akalski put Scranton on the board in the first half when she collected a deflected pass from senior forward Michelle Post (Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck) and ripped a shot from the top of the penalty area that sailed over the outstretched arms off the Kean goalkeeper in the 33rd minute. The Royals held that lead into halftime before Bacon got free and hit the post with her initial shot, then tapped in the rebound in the 53rd minute.
Less than five minutes later, Warner gave Scranton a 3-0 edge when she finished in close after sophomore midfielder Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) redirected a corner kick right to her.
Kean got its lone goal on a penalty kick 48 seconds later.
The Royals held a 19-6 edge in shots and 5-0 in corner kicks en route to the victory.
Scranton returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 5, when the Royals take on McDaniel at 4 p.m. in the Gettysburg Cup in Gettysburg, Pa.