|Kelly Egan||Gianna Vitolo||Krissy Welsh|
Junior midfielder Kelly Egan (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) scored for the fourth straight match to lead The University of Scranton women's soccer team to its fourth straight victory, a 2-0 win over Muhlenberg on Tuesday evening at Fitzpatrick Field.
The Royals (5-2-1) have outscored their opponents 16-1 during the winning streak, and four of those goals have come off the feet of Egan, who now has four goals and two assists for a team-high 10 points this season.
Egan extended her scoring streak in the seventh minute when she fought through a pair of Muhlenberg defenders to get to a cross by senior forward Gianna Vitolo (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) to score from short distance. Egan's four goals this season are a career-high, and she now has eight for her career, giving her 28 career points.
Vitolo wasn't done there. She picked up an unassisted goal in the 75th minute to give the Royals breathing room in the second half. She took control of the ball at midfield and took on the Muhlenberg backline, dribbling to the top of the penalty area and burying a shot inside the post from 22 yards out.
The goal was the first of the season for Vitolo and the earlier assist was her third. She now has 15 goals and 14 assists for 44 career points.
Scranton's defense was up to the task in posting its fourth shutout of the season. The Royals allowed just four shots by the Mules (0-6-1), all in the second half. Junior goalie Krissy Welsh (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) needed one save for her third shutout of the season and eighth of her career.
The Royals will open Landmark Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 26, when they host Susquehanna at 3:30 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.