|Grace Elliott||Hope Drewes||Steph Lowrey|
SCRANTON - Sophomore Grace Elliott (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) and senior Rebecca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) scored goals early in the first half, as The University of Scranton women's soccer team coasted past Moravian, 3-0, on Saturday in Landmark Conference action.
With the win, Scranton improved to 6-3-3 overall and remained unbeaten in the Landmark Conference at 3-0. Moravian dropped to 6-5 and 1-2 in the Landmark with the loss.
In the victory, Scranton put the game out of Moravian's reach early, as a pair of strikes in the first four minutes of play propelled the Royals to a 2-0 lead.
First, in the second minute, Elliott played a nice ball from fellow sophomore Steph Lowrey (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) in the box and finished the chance, giving Scranton a 1-0 lead out of gates. The goal for Elliott was her second of the season, while Lowrey notched her first assist of the season on the play.
Less than two minutes later, Scranton lined up for a corner kick that came into the box. Sophomore Hope Drewes (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) fired a shot on net that deflected off of Moravian's goalie and into the sight of Ruddo, who finished the wide-open chance to put the Royals up 2-0 before the match hit the five-minute mark.
The goal for Russo was her second of the year and the seventh of her career, while Drewes was credited with an assist on the play, the first of her 2019 season.
From there in the opening frame, the Royals clamped down on defense, holding Moravian to just three shots the entire period (compared to eight for Scranton), as Scranton went into intermission with a comfortable 2-0 lead.
That 2-0 lead held throughout the second half, as the Royals held the Greyhounds to just two shots in the final 45 minutes of regulation.
Scranton's final goal of the afternoon came in the 80th minute after a Moravian defender deflected in a Royals corner kick, giving the Royals a three-goal lead and victory.
Overall, Scranton dominated the scoresheet in the victory, as the outshot Moravian, 16-5, and had a 15-4 advantage in corner kicks. In net, sophomore Amanda Steinberg (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) collected the shutout victory (her fourth shutout of the year), as she made two saves in the victory for Scranton.
The University of Scranton women's soccer team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Drew for another Landmark Conference match. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.