The University of Scranton women's soccer team begins its quest for a Landmark Conference title in earnest on Tuesday, as the top-seeded Royals host fourth-seeded Susquehanna in a semifinal playoff match at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Admission to the semifinal match is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors (62 and older) and non-Landmark Conference students. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free of charge, as are all Landmark Conference students, faculty and staff with their school ID. Gates will open at 6 p.m.
Scranton (15-1-1, 7-0-0 Landmark) is seeking its fifth Landmark Conference championship and 21st conference championship overall. The Royals last won the Landmark title in 2012, the final of three straight championships.
Susquehanna (12-5-0, 4-3-0 Landmark) earned the fourth seed by way of a three-way tiebreaker with Catholic and Elizabethtown, which came down to goal differential among the three teams. The River Hawks are seeking their first Landmark Conference title and are making their first Landmark playoff appearance since 2011.
In the regular season meeting, Scranton rallied twice to post a 3-2 victory in overtime at Susquehanna on Oct. 8. Sophomore midfielder Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) scored in the 97th minute to lift the Royals to the win. Her goal in the 65th minute tied the match at one, and senior defender Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany Hills) scored in the 76th minute to erase a 2-1 deficit.
Live stats and video for Tuesday night's semifinal will be available at http://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/wsoc/2016-17/schedule.
Tuesday's other Landmark Conference semifinal pits third-seeded Catholic (11-3-0, 4-3-0) at second-seeded Moravian (9-6-1, 5-2-0). The winners of Tuesday's semifinal matches will meet in the conference championship on Saturday at a time to be determined at the home site of the highest remaining seed.