SWARTHMORE, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's soccer team knew it had a tough task to open the season with three games away from home in a five-day span, all against tough opponents. It took nearly 100 minutes on Tuesday night, but the tough stretch finally caught up to the Royals in a 1-0 loss in overtime at nationally ranked Swarthmore.
Scranton (2-1) battled Swarthmore (3-0) all night and appeared to be headed to a second overtime before the Garnet scored one second before the horn ended the first overtime period. A shot caromed off the crossbar, but found the feet of Swarthmore junior midfielder Sarah Hancock (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford), who finished for the game-winning goal.
Swarthmore came into the game ranked 12th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason top 25 after reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season.
The Royals had two chances to go ahead midway through the overtime period, but a shot by sophomore midfielder Taylor Stevens (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) was saved and a header by junior forward Samantha Wargo (Kings Park, N.Y./St. Anthony's) sailed over the crossbar.
Swarthmore held a 22-8 edge in shots, but the Scranton defense forced 15 of those shots to be off the mark. Senior goalkeeper Krissy Welsh (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) saved six of the other seven, but had no chance on the final one.
The Garnet had four corners while Scranton had three.
The Royals are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 10, when they travel to Danbury, Conn. to take on Western Connecticut State at 3 p.m.