It was only fitting that a senior should score a game-winning goal in overtime for The University of Scranton women's soccer team on Senior Day against the team's biggest rival.
Senior Kelly Pompey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) scored on a diving header in the 95th minute to lift the Royals to a 2-1 victory over Catholic at Fitzpatrick Field. The win completed an unbeaten conference season for Scranton (12-3-2, 7-0-0 Landmark), which will enter next week's Landmark Conference playoffs as the top seed. The Royals will host Elizabethtown in a semifinal match on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m.
Pompey's goal, her fifth of the season, capped a comeback from a 1-0 halftime deficit. The big play started when freshman forward Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) used a nifty cutback move on the far right edge of the box to get free from a defender. She sent a right-footed cross to the far post where Pompey beat a defender to the ball and dove to head it home and send the entire Scranton bench racing across the field to celebrate.
The Royals fell behind in the first half when Catholic (10-7-0, 4-3-0) scored in the 22nd minute, just the second goal Scranton allowed to a Landmark foe this season. Scranton trailed at the half despite controlling play for most of the opening 45 minutes, holding a 6-5 edge in shots and 6-1 in corner kicks.
It didn't take long for Scranton knot the score, though. A corner kick less than a minute into the second half resulted in a goal by senior defender Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford), her third of the season and 15th of her career. The corner kick found its way deep into the box, where junior midfielder Annelise DePaulo (Roseto, Pa./Moravian Academy) got a touch on the ball, sending it to DeMars, who knocked home the tying goal from five yards out.
Scranton finished the game with a 12-10 edge in shots and a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks. Junior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) made five saves for her 12th win of the season. DeMars, Pompey and junior midfielder Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) each had two shots to lead the offensive attack.
Prior to kickoff, the University honored the team's six seniors – defender Katie Cullen (Malverne, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), midfielder Meredith D'Angelo (Hatboro, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy), DeMars, Pompey, midfielder Casey Trezza (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) and forward Samantha Wargo (Kings Park, N.Y./St. Anthony's).
Wednesday's Landmark Conference semifinal will begin the Royals' quest to defend their 2016 title and capture the sixth Landmark title and the 28th conference title in program history.
Second-seeded Susquehanna will host third-seeded Catholic in Wednesday's other semifinal match. The semifinal winners will meet in the championship on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the site of the highest remaining seed at a time to be determined.