The University of Scranton women's soccer team continued its strong play on Wednesday night, putting together a strong performance on both ends of the field in a 3-0 win over Haverford in a non-conference match at Fitzpatrick Field.
The victory extends the Royals' unbeaten streak to 10 straight matches, including five straight victories. In the unbeaten streak, Scranton (10-2-2) has outscored its opponents by a total of 23-3 while posting eight shutouts.
The Royals received goals from senior defender Katie Cullen (Malverne, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), junior forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) and freshman midfielder Erin Toburen (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) in the victory.
Hreniuk was the first to find the back of the net, scoring in the 31st minute when she worked a perfect give-and-go with fellow junior forward Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East). Hreniuk fed Licari on the right wing, and she delivered a pass back to Hreniuk just outside the top right portion of the box. Hreniuk took one touch and took a powerful shot from 12 yards out that the goalie got a fingertip on, but the ball hit the bottom of the crossbar and went in.
The goal was Hreniuk's 11th of the season while Licari picked up her fourth assist. The dynamic duo leads the team in points as Hreniuk has a team-high 23 and Licari has 14. Hreniuk's 24 career goals are now ranked 16th in program history and Licari's 15 career assists move her into a tie for 20th on the team's all-time list.
After Scranton carried that 1-0 lead into halftime, Cullen doubled the lead with a stunning goal in the 66th minute. The put pressure on deep in the offensive end and an attempted Haverford clear went straight to Cullen at her right outside back position. She took a one-time shot from 40 yards out and placed it perfectly in the upper left corner for her first goal of the season and second of her career.
Toburen finished the scoring in the 76th minute when she tallied her first career goal on a perfect cross from freshman forward Corinne McDonald (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South). The play was set up when McDonald outran a defender down the left sideline to gain possession on the edge of the box. She beat the defender and sent a cross in front of goal, where Toburen volleyed it home from five yards out. The assist was the first of McDonald's career.
The Royals scored three times despite taking just six shots in the match. On defense, they faced 16, but junior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) made seven saves for her 10th victory and ninth shutout this season. She has now held opponents scoreless over her last 355:36 in goal and has allowed just one goal in her last 956:55.
Cullen and the rest of the back line – senior Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford), sophomore Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and freshman Shae Guilfoyle (West Nyack, N.Y./Pearl River) – played a strong game, as well, handling the speedy Haverford attack all night.
The women's soccer team will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 21, when the Royals travel to Towson, Md. to take on Goucher in a Landmark Conference matchup at 1 p.m.