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Sophomore midfielder Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) scored twice and junior midfielder Kelly Egan (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) had a goal and an assist as The University of Scranton women's soccer team won its seventh straight match, a 3-0 victory over Western Connecticut State on Wednesday evening at Fitzpatrick Field.
The Royals (8-2-1) have outscored their opponents 25-1 during the winning streak, which is their longest since they won 13 straight in the middle of the 2013 season.
Egan put Scranton in control with a goal in the fifth minute when she knocked home a cross by freshman midfielder Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) for her team-leading fifth goal of the season and ninth of her career. Licari's assist was her fifth, which also leads the team.
The Royals carried that 1-0 lead into halftime before DeMars scored twice in the final 45 minutes. Her first goal came on a beautiful header from 12 yards out on a corner kick by senior midfielder Michaela Arbus (Pequannock, N.J./DePaul Catholic) in the 75th minute.
DeMars later put the game way when she scored again on a corner kick, this time by Egan, in the 87th minute. The two goals give DeMars three on the season and four for her career. Egan now has four assists for a team-high 14 points on the season. For her career, she has 14 assists and 32 points.
Arbus's assist was her third of the season and eighth of her career.
Scranton held a 15-8 advantage in shots. Junior goalkeeper Krissy Welsh (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) made one save for her sixth shutout of the season and 12th of her career. Her goals-against average this season now stands at 0.51.
The Royals will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 10, when they travel to Baltimore, Md. to take on Goucher College in a Landmark Conference match at 3:30 p.m.