Women's Soccer Wins 10th Straight, Clinches Playoff Berth

Senior Kelly Egan scored her 15th career goal in Saturday's win over Juniata.
Senior Kelly Egan scored her 15th career goal in Saturday's win over Juniata.

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The University of Scranton women's soccer team continued to dominate on Saturday afternoon, posting a 3-0 victory over Juniata to push the team's winning streak to 10 straight and clinch a conference playoff berth for the 11th straight season.

The Royals (12-1-1, 5-0-0) have now qualified for the Landmark Conference playoffs in all 10 seasons of the conference's existence. They also reached the Freedom Conference playoffs in 2006, their final season in the Freedom. Dating back to 1995, Scranton has qualified for the postseason in 21 of 22 seasons, missing only in 2005.

The 10-match winning streak is now the Royals' longest since they won 13 straight in the 2013 season when they finished 15-3-3 and reached the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday's win continued a trend of multiple players providing the offense while the defense pitches a shutout. Senior midfielder Kelly Egan (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex), junior midfielder Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) and sophomore midfielder Brittany Uricchio (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) each scored goals in the victory, all in the first half. Egan added an assist on the goal by DeMars while senior forward Kelsey Bacon (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) had the assist on Egan's tally.

Uricchio's goal was her sixth of the season, tied for second on the team, and her 16 points are alone in second on the team. DeMars picked up her fifth goal of the season, third-most for the Royals, while Egan's goal was her third of the season and 15th of her career.

The defense was just as impressive, holding Juniata (4-7-3, 0-5-0 Landmark) to just five shots. Senior goalkeeper Krissy Welsh (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) made a pair of saves for the shutout, her sixth of the season and 22nd of her career, tied for fourth-most in program history. She is also 10-1-1 on the season.

The Royals held a 16-5 edge in shots and 7-0 in corner kicks. Sophomore forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) led the team with four shots.

Scranton's playoff fate rests in its own hands. A win in one of the two remaining Landmark Conference games would clinch the top seed and homefield advantage in the playoffs.

Scranton will be back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 19, when the Royals host Penn State-Berks in a non-conference match at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.