Junior Rebecca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) continues to be a force on both ends of the field for The University of Scranton women's soccer team. Her efforts on both the offensive and defensive side of the pitch last week helped the Royals win twice, earning her Landmark Conference Defensive Athlete of the Week accolades.
Russo played a key role in Scranton's 2-1 win over NYU on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Weiss Field. She scored in the 55th minute to break a scoreless tie, then helped the Royals shut down NYU over the final 31 minutes after the Violets knotted the score in the 59th minute. It was the third straight game in which Russo scored a goal.
Four days later, Russo anchored the back line in a 1-0 win at Catholic in the Landmark Conference opener for the Royals. Scranton allowed just five shots in the match, including only one on goal, while remaining unbeaten in its last 18 matches against conference foes, including postseason play.
For the season, Russo has scored three goals and has helped Scranton post four shutouts while holding opponents to 0.42 goals per game.
Scranton is off to a 6-0-1 overall record, including 1-0-0 in Landmark play. It's the team's best start since the 2003 season, when the Royals went 22-0-1 before falling in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
The women's soccer team will be back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 25, when the Royals host Wilkes at 7 p.m. at Weiss Field.