Women’s Soccer Battles Gettysburg To 0-0 Draw In Double Overtime

Junior goalkeeper Krissy Welsh picked up her sixth career shutout with nine saves on Sunday night.
Junior goalkeeper Krissy Welsh picked up her sixth career shutout with nine saves on Sunday night.
Krissy Welsh

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's soccer team rebounded from Saturday's loss to stymie a Gettysburg squad that scored five goals a day earlier en route to a 0-0 draw in double overtime on Sunday night in the final game of the Gettysburg Cup at Clark Field.

Scranton (1-1-1) was outshot, 21-8, over the 110 minutes of action, but junior goalkeeper Krissy Welsh (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) made nine saves for her first shutout of the season and sixth of her career. The nine saves were one shy of her career high, set in a 2-1 victory over Elizabethtown in a Landmark Conference semifinal last season.

Gettysburg (1-0-2) held a 5-1 edge in shots in the first half, and it was Welsh who twice kept them off the board despite good chances. She made a leaping save in the 27th minute, then made another similar save in the 43rd minute to keep the match scoreless at the half.

The Royals put on good pressure late in regulation, but could not break through as the Gettysburg goalkeeper stop three straight crosses in the box before a Scranton striker could get a foot on the ball.

In overtime, Welsh made arguably the play of the game in the 97th minute when she made a save on a Gettysburg breakaway by getting her foot on the shot to deflect it out of play for a corner kick that the Royals' defense handled without another shot on goal.

Scranton had the final scoring chance of the match, but the Gettysburg keeper stopped a shot by senior forward Gianna Vitolo (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) in the 102nd minute to preserve the tie.

Senior forward Sarah Andrews (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) led the Royals with three shots, two of which were on goal. The Royals finished with two corner kicks.

Scranton will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 12, when they host Alfred at 1 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field in the first day of the Joe Bochicchio Classic.