The University of Scranton women's soccer team has put together a four-match winning streak over the last two weeks, and for their efforts, the team has earned a spot in this week's United Soccer Coaches (USC) NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Poll, checking in at No. 10.
Topping the poll this week is Messiah (10-1-0), followed by John Hopkins (7-1-3) and Arcadia (10-1-1). Scranton is also the lone team in the Landmark Conference ranked in this week's Mid-Atlantic Region Poll, as well. For the full poll, click here.
Scranton, now 5-2-3 overall, continues to use opportunistic offense and a strong defense to win on the year, as the Royals have already shutout five opponents and are holding the opposition to just over one goal a game for the year.
Scranton has also not allowed a goal in three straight matches, blanking Catholic (1-0), Penn State Harrisburg (2-0) and Goucher (1-0), as the Royals are 2-0 in the Landmark Conference, as well.
Leading the defense once again is senior Rebecca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), who was named the Landmark Conference's Defensive Athlete of the Week on Monday after leading the backline to a pair of shutout wins last week. In net, sophomore Amanda Steinberg (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) has been impressive in her first full season between the pipes for the Royals, posting 44 saves and a goals-against-average of 0.74 for the year. Steinberg's GAA is also the second-best in the Landmark Conference to date, as well.
The University of Scranton women's soccer team returns to action this evening, as they take on Penn State Berks in a non-conference road match. Action gets underway at 4 p.m.