HAVERFORD, Pa. - The University of Scranton women's soccer team kicked off their 2019 season on Saturday against Montclair St. in the Haverford Kick-Off Classic, and in a defensive struggle, both teams were unable to score a goal in 110 minutes of action in an eventual 0-0 draw.
However, the match went to penalty kicks to decide the rest of the tournament format for the Haverford Kick-Off Classic, in which Montclair St. was successful by a 3-1 margin over the Royals to advance to tomorrow's Classic championship match.
In the draw, Scranton (0-0-1) came out strong on the defensive end, holding Montclair St. to just one shot in the first 45 minutes. On the offensive end, the Royals fired four shots (two on goal) in the first half, but could not find the back of the net, as the match went into the second half scoreless.
The second half saw both teams combine for nine total shots (five for Montclair and four for Scranton), but once again, neither defense bent, as the match headed into extra time still knotted up at 0-0.
In the extra frames, Scranton took three shots (compared to five for Montclair) and in the second overtime had a shot on frame that was once again stopped by Montclair goalie Phoebe Bledsoe, keeping the Royals off the scoreboard in the process.
After 110 minutes and needing penalty kicks to decide the rest of the Kick-Off Classic schedule, Scranton struck first, as senior Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) found the back of the net to put the Royals up, 1-0, after the opening round. But, Montclair St. would score over the next three rounds and proceed to keep Scranton off the board to win the PK round, 3-1, to move on.
Overall in the draw, both teams fired 11 shots over the 110 minutes of action, with sophomore keeper Amanda Steinberg (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) making three saves in her second career start to keep Montclair St. off the scoreboard.
Scranton will finish up play in the Haverford Kick-Off Classic taking on the host Fords (who lost to Arcadia, 3-0, in the nightcap Saturday) on Sunday afternoon. Things get underway at 4 p.m.