Women’s Soccer Soars Past Penn State Harrisburg; Blanks Nittany Lions, 2-0

Sophomore Olivia Traphagen scored her first career game-winner on Wednesday as Penn State Harrisburg, as the Royals knocked off the Nittany Lions, 2-0, on the road. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Sophomore Olivia Traphagen scored her first career game-winner on Wednesday as Penn State Harrisburg, as the Royals knocked off the Nittany Lions, 2-0, on the road. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Olivia Traphagen Mazie Stiles Amanda Steinberg

 

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MIDDLETOWN - Sophomore Olivia Traphagen (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen Rock) and junior Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) scored goals for The University of Scranton women's soccer team on Wednesday at Penn State Harrisburg, as the Royals defense pitched another shutout in a 2-0 blanking of the host Nittany Lions in non-conference action.

With the win, Scranton captured their third victory in a row to move to 4-2-3 overall, while Penn State Harrisburg fell to 5-5-1 with the defeat.

From the start on Wednesday, the Royals controlled play, as in the first 45 minutes of action alone, they outshot Penn State Harrisburg, 12-1.

In the 28th minute, the Royals finally broke through with a score, as Traphagen tallied her first goal of the year, unassisted, to give Scranton a 1-0 lead that held into intermission.

It was more of the same in the second half, as the Royals offense fired 11 more shots from the field (compared to just three for Penn State Harrisburg.

In the 73rd minute, Scranton put Penn State Harrisburg away for the afternoon, as  Stiles scored her third goal in three matches off an assist from Traphagen to put the Royals up for good at 2-0. The assist for Traphagen was her second of the year, as well.

From there, the Royals coasted, as they eased into a two-score win, their first multiple-goal victory of the 2019 season to date.

Overall, Scranton dominated the scoresheet at the end of the match, as they ended up outshooting Penn State Harrisburg by a wide 23-4 margin while holding a 12-1 edge on corner kicks. In net, sophomore Amanda Steinberg (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) needed to only make two saves to collect a shutout victory, her second straight overall.

The University of Scranton women's soccer team returns to action on Saturday, as they leap back into Landmark Conference play at Goucher. Things get underway in Towson, Md., at 4 p.m.

--ROYALS--