|Erin Toburen||Tara Guilfoyle||Amanda Steinberg|
SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's soccer team (1-2-3) dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the Stevens Ducks (3-3-1) on a warm Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field in Scranton.
This marked just the second ever meeting between the two programs with the previous matchup coming in the 2004 season.
Stevens' Julia Panko got the scoring started just 1:02 into the contest with a shot from about 20 yards out that got by the diving Royals goalie Amanda Steinberg (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North). In the 19th minute following a shot by Scranton's Lauren Holden (Nutley, N.J./Nutley) on one end, the Ducks extended the lead to 2-0 with a goal from Gabby Saade. The Royals would battle back however and Stevens goalie Izzy DeDario made a couple of saves before the hosts broke through in the 34th minute as junior Erin Toburen (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) cut the lead in half with a shot from in close after a feed from freshman Tara Guilfoyle (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River). The goal for Toburen was her first since a 5-1 victory versus Juniata on Oct. 27, 2018. The Ducks held a slight 6-5 shot advantage in the opening 45 minutes.
The two sides played an even game for much of the second half with each team having a few chances. Toburen had a shot in the 62nd minute from near the top of the box, but DeDario made the save to keep it a 2-1 game. Perhaps Scranton's best chance at an equalizer came in the 73rd minute as freshman Evelyn Bruggeman (Coatesville, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) received a cross in the box and sent a header just over the crossbar.
Stevens held an 11-10 shot advantage in the contest and Toburen paced the Royals with four shots, while junior Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) tallied a pair. Steinberg made six saves in net for Scranton, while DeDario recorded three saves for the Ducks.
The Royals hit the road to battle Wilkes on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m before returning home to host Catholic in the team's Landmark Conference opener on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m.