Bacon’s Second-Half Goal Helps Women’s Soccer Push Win Streak To Nine

Junior forward Kelsey Bacon scored her fifth goal of the season on Wednesday.
Junior forward Kelsey Bacon scored her fifth goal of the season on Wednesday.
Kelsey Bacon Erica Licari Krissy Welsh

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MADISON, N.J. – Junior forward Kelsey Bacon (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) scored in the 51st minute and The University of Scranton women's soccer team put forth another stellar defensive effort to defeat Drew, 1-0, in a Landmark Conference match on Wednesday night at Ranger Stadium.

The victory was the ninth straight for the Royals (10-2-1, 4-0 Landmark), extending their longest win streak since they won 13 straight in 2013. During the current winning streak, Scranton has outscored its opponents, 28-2. 

More importantly, the win keeps the Royals in a first-place tie with Catholic and puts them on the verge of clinching a playoff berth. Scranton and Catholic will meet on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field in a rematch of last season's Landmark Conference championship, won by the Cardinals, 1-0.

On Wednesday night, the teams played to a stalemate in the first half with Scranton holding a 3-0 edge in shots. Bacon needed less than six minutes in the second half to break the tie, depositing a shot in the upper left corner after taking a pass from freshman midfielder Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East).

Bacon's goal was her fifth of the season, which ties her for the team lead, and the 19th of her career. Licari picked up her team-leading sixth assist and is now tied with Bacon for second on the team in points with 10. 

The Scranton defense did the rest, holding the Rangers (5-8-1, 1-3 Landmark) to just two second-half shots. Junior goalkeeper Krissy Welsh (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) made the save on the only shot she faced on goal, collecting her seventh shutout of the season and 12th of her career.

The Royals owned an 11-0 advantage in corner kicks, including 10-0 in the second half. 

The win also improved Scranton to 4-1-1 away from home this season. They'll return to Fitzpatrick Field for Saturday's showdown with Catholic, where the Royals are 6-1-0 on the season.