ELIZABETHTOWN - The University of Scranton women's soccer team scored back-to-back goals to take a second-half lead on host Elizabethtown on Saturday, but the Blue Jays came back with two unanswered goals of their own to take a 3-2 win over the Royals in Landmark Conference action.
With the defeat. Scranton fell to 6-4-3 overall and 3-1 in the Landmark Conference, while Elizabethtown improved to 8-3-1 and 3-1 in the Landmark with the win. The loss for Scranton was also their first in a Landmark Conference regular season game in over four years, with the Royals' last defeat coming on Oct. 17, 2015 at Catholic, snapping a 25-match regular season conference winning streak for the Royals.
After an opening half that saw both teams fail to score (and Scranton outshoot Elizabethtown, 5-2), the Blue Jays broke the scoreless tie in the 49th minute on a goal by Leigh Ungerleider to give themselves a 1-0 lead.
Scranton, however, counted fast, as freshman Teresa Hegarty (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) scored her first career goal in the 52nd minute to tie the game back up at 1-1. On the play, sophomore Steph Lowrey (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was credited with an assist, the second of her season.
54 seconds later, the Royals struck again to take their first lead of the day at 2-1, as Hegarty scored her third goal of the season to put Scranton up a goal. Fellow sophomore Callie Deola (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) was credited with an assist on the score, which was the first of her career.
Elizabethtown, however, fought back, scoring in the 68th minute to tie the game back up at 2-2. Then, in the 75th minute, the Blue Jays' Lydia Lawson scored the eventual game-winner to put Elizabethtown back up by a goal.
Over the final 15 minutes, Scranton had a few chances to tie the game back up, but could not get the equalizer, as Elizabethtown walked away with a come-from-behind one-goal win.
Overall, Scranton outshot Elizabethtown, 16-9, while holding a 10-6 edge on corner kicks.
The University of Scranton women's soccer team returns to action on Tuesday night, as they travel to Drew for another Landmark Conference road match. Things get underway at 7:30 p.m.