NEW YORK, N.Y. - A goal in the 68th minute by sophomore Callie Deola (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock North) was the difference, as The University of Scranton women's soccer team upended host New York University, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Gaelic Park.
With the victory, the Royals collected their first win the 2019 season to move to 1-1-3 overall, while NYU, ranked 15th in this week's United Soccer Coaches Division III Top 25 Poll, fell to 4-2 with the defeat.
Just like last season at Weiss Field, the Royals, and the Violets played a classic match, as Scranton eeked out a win by the same 2-1 score last year on their home turf.
On Wednesday night, the Royals got the scoring started in the 19th minute, as sophomore Steph Lowrey (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) scored her second goal of the season to put Scranton in front early at 1-0. On the goal, fellow sophomore Lauren Holden (Nutley, N.J./Nutley) was credited with an assist, the first of her career at Scranton to date.
The Violets, however, attacked back before halftime, as Alex Benedict scored in the 34th minute to knot the match up at 1-1.
NYU was strong on the attack throughout the half as they tried to grab a lead on Scranton, but sophomore goalie Amanda Steinberg (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) was dazzling throughout the period, as she made five saves throughout the frame to keep the match tied up at 1-1 at intermission.
The beginning of the second half was more defensive-oriented, with just one shot, apiece, taken by both teams entering the 68th minute.
But there, Deola cashed in on a chance, finding the back of the net on a shot that was tipped off NYU's goalies hands and into the net. The goal was the first of Deola's career, and came just at the right time, as the Royals then attempted to hold the lead for the final 22 minutes of regulation.
And, they did just that, thanks in part to three more saves by Steinberg in the half to clinch the victory. In the 77th and 78th minutes, NYU had a pair of shots saved by Steinberg. In what turned out to be their final chance of the match in the 81st minute, the Violets sail wide to give Scranton possession back.
From there, the Royals played keep away the rest of the game to clinch their first win of the year on the road.
Overall, NYU held a 13-7 edge on shots, while Scranton had a 3-1 advantage on corner kicks. In net, Steinberg had her best game of the season with a career-high eight saves to earn her first win of the year. In five starts, she has allowed just four goals to now post a 0.71 goals-against average, as well.
The University of Scranton women's soccer team returns to action on Saturday, as they host Stevens in another challenging non-conference match at Weiss Field. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.