Photos (by Dan Ceccacci)
The University of Scranton women's soccer team applied nearly constant pressure over the final 15 minutes against Lebanon Valley on Saturday, but the Royals were unable to find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to the Dutchmen in the Joe Bochicchio Classic at Fitzpatrick Field.
Scranton (1-2-1) held a 6-4 advantage in shots in the second half, and four of those shots came in the final 20 minutes. The Royals also had two corner kicks in the final three minutes, but the equalizing goal never materialized.
Lebanon Valley (3-0) scored the only goal of the match in the 19th minute when sophomore midfielder Teanna Shutt (Elysburg, Pa./Southern Columbia) poked home the rebound of a shot that was initially saved by Royals goalkeeper Krissy Welsh (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven).
Scranton finished the match with a 7-6 advantage in shots – including a team-high four by senior forward Gianna Vitolo (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) – and 7-3 in corner kicks, but neither team generated many strong scoring chances. The Royals' defense shut down a good chance by the Dutchmen to double their lead in the 62nd minute when the ball was deep in the box off a corner kick. The Scranton defense swarmed to the rescue and Lebanon Valley was called for a foul before a shot could be taken.
The match was played in a light, but steady rain, which may have hampered the offense on both sides. A majority of the game was played in the midfield, with neither team generating consistent pressure until Scranton gained some momentum in the final 20 minutes.
The second and final day of the Joe Bochicchio Classic takes place on Sunday when Scranton hosts Alfred at 1 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field. Lebanon Valley will travel across town to face Marywood, also at 1 p.m. The Pacers defeated Alfred, 2-1, in double overtime on Saturday.