Senior defender Jasmine Sconciafurno (Woodland Park, N.J./Passaic Valley) and junior midfielder Christina Akalski (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) were two big reasons The University of Scranton women's soccer team won 13 games and reached the Landmark Conference championship for the sixth straight season.
The duo picked up more accolades for their play this season, as Sconciafurno was named 2nd-team all-Mid-Atlantic Region and Akalski was named to the third team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Wednesday.
Sconciafurno was honored just a few weeks after being named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year. She was the anchor on a back line that helped the Royals post 12 shutouts and hold opponents to just 12 goals all season, a 0.63 goals per game average. She scored her first career goal early in the season and was a big reason Scranton allowed just four goals in seven regular season conference games.
For her career, Sconciafurno was named second-team all-Landmark Conference as a sophomore, and first-team all-conference as a junior and senior. This is her first all-region honor.
Akalski was once again the focal point of the Royals' offense and, consequently, opposing defenses, facilitating the Royals' offense from her midfield position, with the ball at her feet on nearly every attack all season long. She finished the season with four goals and one assist, including three goals against Landmark foes, and led the team in shots with 41. She scored twice in a 3-0 win over Susquehanna on Sept. 26, and had a goal in the conference championship match.
Akalski, who has 16 goals and six assists in her career, has now earned NSCAA all-region honors in each of her three seasons. She was a second-team selection in 2013 and 2014.
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