The University of Scranton women's soccer team is no stranger to playing for a conference championship, having reached the title game in each of the past five seasons. On Saturday, the Royals will make their sixth straight appearance when they take on Catholic in the Landmark Conference championship match at 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
The championship match is a rematch from last year, when Catholic claimed the title with a 1-0 victory on its home field. Just like last year, Scranton reached the title game by defeating Elizabethtown in a semifinal match, albeit in even more dramatic fashion this time.
Last year, the Royals beat the Blue Jays, 2-1, in overtime. This past Wednesday, Scranton took the drama to another level, stunning Elizabethtown with 1:40 left in double overtime when junior midfielder Kelly Egan (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) scored off a free kick, setting off a wild celebration at Fitzpatrick Field.
Scranton, which is the second seed, is seeking its fifth Landmark Conference championship, having won the title in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Overall, the Royals are seeking the 18th conference title in program history.
Top-seeded Catholic defeated the Royals, 3-2 in double overtime, in the regular season meeting on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Fitzpatrick Field. The Cardinals reached the title match with a 3-0 home victory over Moravian in the other semifinal on Wednesday.
Admission to Saturday's championship is $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.