|Erica Licari||Hannah DeMars|
|Taylor Stevens||Krissy Welsh|
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sophomore midfielder Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) scored in the 102nd minute to lift The University of Scranton women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory in double overtime at Catholic on Saturday, giving the Royals a perfect 7-0 regular season in Landmark Conference play.
The goal was Licari's second of the match and completed a remarkable regular season by Scranton (15-1-1, 7-0 Landmark), which has won 13 straight since a 1-0 overtime loss at nationally ranked Swarthmore on Sept. 6. The perfect regular season in Landmark Conference play is the third by the Royals in the conference's 10-year history. They went 6-0 in both 2010 and 2011.
Licari provided the heroics when her shot from 30 yards out hit the crossbar and bounced in for her seventh goal of the season, tied for second on the team. Junior midfielder Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) picked up the assist on the play.
Licari also scored in the 53rd minute on an assist by fellow sophomore midfielder Taylor Stevens (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) for a goal that looked like it was all Scranton would need.
Stevens now has nine assists, which lead the Landmark Conference. DeMars picked up her second assist of the season.
But Catholic (11-3, 4-3 Landmark) scored in the 88th minute to tie the game and force overtime. In the first overtime, the Cardinals applied early pressure with two shots in the first two minutes, then had a late corner kick. Scranton failed to register a shot in the first overtime. Licari's game-winning goal was the only shot by either team in the second overtime.
Scranton held a slim 14-13 edge in shots, but put 10 of them on goal to just six by Catholic. Senior goalkeeper Krissy Welsh (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) made five saves while picking up her 13th win of the season and 34th of her career.
The Royals, who are the top seed, will open the Landmark Conference playoffs on Tuesday, Nov. 1, by hosting fourth-seeded Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference semifinal at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. All Landmark Conference faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with school ID.