Stage Set For Women’s Soccer Semifinal On Wednesday

The women's soccer team has qualified for the conference playoffs in each of the past nine seasons.
The women's soccer team has qualified for the conference playoffs in each of the past nine seasons.

The University of Scranton women's soccer team is no stranger to the postseason, having qualified for the conference playoffs in each of the past nine seasons and 19 of the past 20.

When the second-seeded Royals open this year's Landmark Conference playoffs on Wednesday, they'll be trying to take their first step toward the program's first conference title since 2012. Scranton will host third-seeded Elizabethtown at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Wednesday's match is a rematch of Saturday's regular season finale, which the Royals won, 1-0, on an overtime goal by junior midfielder Kelly Egan (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex). The Royals needed that victory to earn the home-field advantage in Wednesday's semifinal. A similar scenario played out last season, when the Blue Jays won the final regular season game over the Royals, 4-3, to earn the right to host the semifinal between the two teams, but Scranton pulled out a dramatic 2-1 victory in overtime.

A win on Wednesday would put Scranton in the conference championship match for the sixth straight season. The Royals won the Landmark title in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2013, they battled Drew to a 1-1 draw before the Rangers claimed the title in a penalty kick shootout, and the Royals fell at Catholic in last year's championship match, 1-0.

Tickets for Wednesday's semifinals are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors (62 and older), and non-Landmark Conference students. Children ages 10 and younger are admitted free, as are all Landmark Conference students, faculty and staff, with proper ID.

Gates at Fitzpatrick Field will open at 6 p.m., and dogs are not allowed inside Fitzpatrick Field. For those who cannot attend Wednesday's semifinal, live stats are available here and live video will be available here.

The winner of Wednesday night's semifinal advances to Saturday's Landmark Conference championship against the winner of the other semifinal at the site of the highest remaining seed at a time to be determined. Top-seeded Catholic hosts fourth-seeded Moravian in the other semifinal on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

--ROYALS--