Senior midfielder Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) buried a penalty kick with 12 seconds left on Tuesday night to lift The University of Scranton women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over New York University at Weiss Field.
Licari calmly sent the penalty kick into the left side of the net to keep Scranton unbeaten in its first six games of the season. It's the Royals' longest unbeaten streak to start a season since 2003, when the team went 22-0-1 to before losing in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Royals earned the penalty kick with pressure in the box as the clock ticked down. The ball was sent toward goal, where it hit the arm of an NYU player approximately eight yards from goal, a clear penalty leading to Licari's game-winning kick.
Scranton (5-0-1) had taken a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute when junior defender Rebecca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) scored for the third straight game. She was in the right place at the right time as she collected the rebound of a shot by Licari that was saved by an NYU defender and knocked it home to break the scoreless tie.
NYU (3-3-0) tied the score four minutes later on a shot inside the left post off a perfect service into the box.
The Royals were on the doorstep hunting for the go-ahead goal in the 83rd minute, but NYU goalkeeper Megan Marhan made four saves in the span of 24 seconds, the last on a point-blank shot by Licari that Marhan knocked wide.
Licari's goal was her third of the season while she picked up her first assist of 2018 on Russo's goal. Licari now has 18 goals and 16 assists for 52 career points. Russo collected her third goal of the season and fifth of her career.
Senior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) made a season-high eight saves to earn the victory. She has a 0.60 goals-against average this season.
Scranton held an 18-11 edge in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The Royals will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 22, when they travel to Washington, D.C. to open Landmark Conference play against Catholic at 4 p.m.