|Kelly Egan||Christina Akalski|
|Michaela Arbus||Krissy Welsh|
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – Junior midfielder Kelly Egan (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) scored late in the first overtime to lift The University of Scranton women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Elizabethtown on Saturday, a win that secures the no. 2 seed on the Landmark Conference playoffs and a home semifinal next week for the Royals.
Scranton (12-3-2, 5-1-1 Landmark) went on the road Saturday knowing it needed a victory over the Blue Jays (11-6-1, 5-2 Landmark) to avoid returning to Elizabethtown for Wednesday's semifinal. Egan gave the Royals that home semifinal when she scored at the 98:47 mark for her team-leading sixth goal of the season.
The game was highlighted by strong defense for most of the afternoon until the Royals broke through for the key victory. Senior midfielder Michaela Arbus (Pequannock, N.J./DePaul Catholic) crossed the ball into the box, where junior midfielder Christina Akalski (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) deflected it perfectly to Egan. Arbus and Akalski were both credited with assists on the play.
The goal by Egan gave the Royals their second overtime win at Elizabethtown in the past two seasons. Scranton pulled out a 2-1 overtime win in last year's Landmark Conference semifinal at Elizabethtown, a game in which Arbus assisted on both goals and Akalski scored the match-winner.
Egan's goal ensured the junior goalkeeper Krissy Welsh (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) picked up her 10th shutout of the season, making her the sixth goalkeeper in Scranton women's soccer history to post double-digit shutouts in a single season. Welsh made three saves in the victory, which was also her 15th career shutout, which is tied for eighth-most in program history.
Elizabethtown finished the match with a 9-8 lead in shots, but Scranton held a 6-3 edge in shots on goal. The Blue Jays had a 7-6 advantage in corner kicks.
Second-seeded Scranton will host third-seeded Elizabethtown on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in a Landmark Conference semifinal. The winner advances to the championship on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the site of the highest remaining seed.