|Mazie Stiles||Callie Deola||Olivia Traphagen|
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Junior Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) scored a goal in each half, including the game-winner in the second period to lift The University of Scranton women's soccer team to a 3-2 victory at Wilkes on Tuesday night.
With the win, Scranton improved to 2-2-3 overall for the year, while Wilkes dropped to 2-4-1 with the defeat.
To start the game, Stiles got in on the scoring act early, as she netted her first goal of the 2019 season 13 minutes into the contest to give Scranton an early 1-0 edge over the host Colonels. The goal, which was unassisted, was not answered by Wilkes the rest of the half, as the Royals went into intermission up by a goal.
The second half, however, saw both teams open it up offensively after just five combined shots were taken in the first 45 minutes (three for Scranton and two for Wilkes).
Five minutes into the half, Wilkes knotted the game up at 1-1 on a goal from Emily Bidelspach. But, the tie did not last for long, as sophomore Callie Deola (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) scored her second goal in three games 53 seconds later to give the lead back to Scranton at 2-1.
The goal, which was the second of the season for Deola, was assisted by fellow sophomore Olivia Traphagen (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen Rock), who recorded her second career assist on the play.
The hits kept coming from the Scranton offense over the next 10-plus minutes, as they fired four more shots. Finally, in the 63rd minute, Stiles scored again, unassisted, giving the Royals a 3-1 edge over the Colonels with about 17 minutes to go in regulation.
But, Wilkes would not go out quietly, as the Colonels scored their second goal of the game in the 79th minute to slice the Scranton lead down to 3-2.
Over the final 10 minutes of play, Wilkes was awarded two corner kicks, one of which they were able to produce a shot from. The Colonels' final chance of the match came with 45 seconds left, but the shot was blocked by the Royals defense to preserve the one-goal win.
Overall on the night, Scranton outshot Wilkes, 13-9, with the Royals outshooting the Colonels, 10-7, in the second half alone. For Stiles, it was the first multiple-goal performance in a match in her career, as she has now scored five goals in her career.
The University of Scranton women's soccer team returns to the pitch on Saturday, as the Royals open Landmark Conference play against Catholic at home. Things get underway at Weiss Field beginning at 4 p.m.