READING - A goal in the 98th minute by Penn State Berks was the difference, as the host Nittany Lions upended The University of Scranton women's soccer team, 1-0, on Wednesday night in non-conference action.
With the defeat, the Royals fell to 5-3-3 overall, while Penn State Berks improved to 7-6 with the win.
In the contest, Scranton and Penn State Berks were deadlocked in a defensive battle all night long, with both teams failing to score in regulation time to send the match to overtime.
The first half saw Scranton outshoot Penn State Berks, 5-4, then hold an even higher edge in the second half in the shots department, as they posted 10 shots compared to just five for Penn State Berks.
However, the Royals were unable to get anything past Penn State Berks goalie Leslie Estrada, who made seven saves in regulation to keep Scranton off the scoreboard.
In the overtime period, the only shot taken was by Penn State Berks' Megan Jardine, whose strike found the back of the net eight minutes into the frame to give the Nittany Lions the win.
Overall on the night, Scranton outshot Penn State Berks, 15-10, while the host Nittany Lions had a slight 6-4 edge on corner kicks. Offensively, junior Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) was aggressive on the attack all night long, taking a match-high seven shots on the evening.
The University of Scranton women's soccer team returns to action on Saturday, as they leap back into Landmark Conference play with a home match vs. Moravian. Action gets underway at Weiss Field beginning at 4 p.m.