|Devon Schroeder||Mazie Stiles|
HAVERFORD, Pa. - Host Haverford scored a goal in each half, then fought off a late comeback attempt by The University of Scranton women's soccer team to collect a 2-1 win over the Royals on Sunday in the last game of the Haverford Kick-Off Classic.
With the defeat, Scranton fell to 0-1-1, while Haverford improved to 1-1 with the victory.
In the opening frame of the contest, Haverford scored on the second total shot taken in the contest in the sixth minute, as Leanne Ludwick scored to give the Fords an early 1-0 lead over the Royals. That lead held over the rest of the period, as Haverford held a 5-2 edge on shots in the opening 45 minutes.
The second half saw Haverford continue to keep the Scranton offense at bay, and in the 77th minute, it appeared the Ford put the Royals away for the afternoon, as Jaclyn Corbin's goal gave the hosts a 2-0 lead into the final 10 minutes of regulation.
But, Scranton fought back. After having a shot blocked in the 83rd minute, freshman Devon Schroeder (North Bellmore, N.Y./Mepham) scored her first career goal off a corner kick by junior Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) to slice the Haverford lead in half with seven minutes left in regulation.
Scranton continued to ride the wave of momentum in the final moments of the match. Keeping possession, the Royals had two more corner kicks in the final three minutes, but could not cash in on either attempt. Then, with 35 seconds left, the Royals were called for offsides on another scoring chance.
This proved to be the final scoring opportunity of the day for the Royals, as Haverford played keep away over the final 30 seconds of regulation to preserve the 2-1 win.
Overall in the victory, Haverford outshot Scranton, 11-7, while the Royals held a slim 6-5 edge on corner kicks. In net, sophomore Amanda Steinberg (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.at/Sachem North) once again got the start and kept Scranton in it all match, making five saves.
The University of Scranton women's soccer team returns to the pitch on Saturday, as they host Vassar in their 2019 home opener at Weiss Field. Kick-off is set for 2 p.m.