The University of Scranton women's soccer team is aiming for its third straight Landmark Conference championship. If the Royals are to achieve that goal, they won't have to leave home to do it.
Scranton (15-1-2) will open the Landmark Conference playoffs as the top seed and will host fourth-seeded Moravian (9-4-2) in a semifinal match on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Weiss Field.
The Royals blitzed the Landmark Conference this season, going 7-0-0 and outscoring opponents 19-1. The lone goal allowed by Scranton came in the final eight minutes of Saturaday's regular season finale, a 5-1 win over Juniata.
Moravian finished 3-3-1 in Landmark Conference play, outscoring opponents 13-8. The Greyhounds clinched a playoff spot by posting a 3-0 win at Goucher on Saturday.
In the regular season matchup between Scranton and Moravian, the Royals came away with a 2-0 road victory on Oct. 6. Sophomore forward Mazie Stiles (West Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) and freshman defender Hope Drewes (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) scored goals. Senior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) needed to make just two saves in the shutout as Scranton had a 12-5 edge in shots taken.
Senior forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) leads Scranton with 10 goals and 21 points. Sophomore midfielder Erin Toburen (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) is second on the squad with six goals while senior midfielder Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) and sophomore forward Corinne McDonald (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South) both have five.
Berry has been a standout in goal for the Royals, posting a 12-1-2 record with seven shutouts, a goals-against average of 0.34 and a .907 save percentage.
Moravian is led by senior Gabby Stelzmiller (Flemington, N.J./Huntingdon Central), who has a team-high 20 points on five goals and 10 assists. Freshman forward Megan Chesney (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) leads the Greyhounds with seven goals.
The winner of Tuesday's semifinal match will face the winner of Tuesday's other semifinal between Catholic and Susquehanna at 7 p.m. in Selingrove. Saturday's championship will be played at the site of the highest remaining seed at a time to be announced.
Admission to the semifinal match is $7 for adults and $4 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.
The University of Scranton would like to remind all who are planning to attend Tuesday's semifinal that dogs are not allowed at the Quinn Athletics Campus, pursuant to University policy.
For live video of the match, visit https://portal.stretchinternet.com/scranton/. Live stats are available at https://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/wsoc/2018-19/boxscores/20181030_7ck2.xml.