The University of Scranton women's soccer team continued its strong play by rolling past Elizabethtown, 5-0, in a Landmark Conference match on Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.
The Royals (8-1-1, 2-0-0 Landmark) won for the sixth straight game and posted their seventh shutout this season. The five goals were a season high, and they have now outscored opponents 20-2 during the current winning streak.
Sophomore midfielder Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) scored twice in the victory, and senior defender Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany Hills), junior midfielder Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) and sophomore midfielder Brittany Uricchio (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) added goals in the win.
Licari got things started when she scored on a penalty kick in the 13th minute after sophomore forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) was pulled down by a defender in the left side of the box. It was Licari's second penalty kick goal of the season.
Warner doubled the Royals' lead in the 19th minute when she scored off a rebound of a shot by Uricchio that was saved. DeMars pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 32nd minute when the Royals ran a perfect set piece on a corner kick with assists going to Uricchio and senior midfielder Kelly Egan (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex).
Uricchio scored in the 44th minute to give Scranton a 4-0 halftime lead when she took a cross from junior midfielder Kelly Pompey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) and scored from close range. Licari closed out the scoring in the 53rd minute when she scored off a perfect ball played in by Warner at the far post.
Licari's two goals give her four for the season, tied for third on the team, and her 11 points are also third on the team. Uricchio now has five goals (second on the team), three assists (tied for second) and 13 points (second.). Warner and DeMars both picked up their fourth goals, and Warner's assist was her first. Both have nine points on the season, tied for fourth-best on the team. Pompey's assist was her second.
Scranton held a 16-4 edge in shots over Elizabethtown (3-7-0, 1-1-0 Landmark) and a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Royals will be back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 5, when they travel to Dallas, Pa. to take on Misericordia in a non-conference match at 7 p.m.