Junior defender Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany Hills) had a strong week while helping The University of Scranton women's soccer team post a pair of victories, including a win in the team's Landmark Conference opener. As a result, Warner has been named the Landmark Conference Defensive Athlete of the Week for women's soccer.
Warner's play along the backline was a key factor in the Royals (6-2-1) posting a pair of shutouts while pushing their winning streak to five. Warner helped Scranton allow just four shots in a 2-0 win over Muhlenberg on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Four days later, she had a strong game as the Royals allowed just two shots, both in the final 10 minutes, while opening Landmark Conference play with a 3-0 win over Susquehanna.
In that win over Susquehanna, Warner also had a hand in sparking the Royals' offense. After a scoreless first half, Scranton broke through in the 52nd minute when Warner got free for a shot off a corner kick. Her shot was saved, but she controlled the rebound and played it back in front of the goal, where it was headed in by junior midfielder Christina Akalski (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) to break the scoreless tie.
The assist was the first of the season and the second of her career. She also has two career goals, both this season.
Warner and the Royals are back in action on Tuesday when they host Wilkes at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.