Senior defender Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany Hills) helped The University of Scranton women's soccer team get off to a 2-0 start to the season with her play on both ends of the field this past weekend. As a result, she has been named the Landmark Conference Defensive Athlete of the Week for women's soccer.
Warner scored the insurance goal in the season-opening 2-0 win at Kean on Friday, Sept. 2, then helped anchor the defense that pitched a second straight shutout a day later, 2-0 over Cortland State.
The goal against Kean capped a performance in which Warner helped the Royals allow just six shots in the entire game, only one of which was on goal. She delivered the insurance goal in the 85th minute when she gained control of the ball after a shot was blocked and connected for her fourth career goal.
On Saturday, Warner and the defense allowed nine shots, but just three of them came after halftime and none of those were on goal. Her play helped Scranton start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2011, and it's the first time the team opened with back-to-back shutouts since 2010.
The Royals are in action Tuesday evening when they travel to Swarthmore, Pa. to take on Swarthmore at 7 p.m.