|Grace Elliott||Rebecca Russo||Mazie Stiles|
MADISON, N.J. - On a rainy evening at Ranger Stadium, sophomore Grace Elliott (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) had a goal and an assist to lead The University of Scranton women's soccer team to a commanding 3-0 win over Drew on Tuesday night in Landmark Conference play.
With the win, the Royals moved to 7-4-3 overall, 4-1 in the Landmark Conference on the year. Drew dropped to 6-8 and 2-3 in the Landmark with the defeat.
In the opening frame of the contest, Scranton quickly began to attack on the offensive end, culminating in the 16th minute when Elliott scored her third goal of the year from way beyond net to give the Royals an early 1-0 lead. The goal for Elliott was unassisted, as well.
The one-goal edge held for Scranton for the remainder of the opening half, as they went into the intermission up, 1-0, on the host Rangers.
To open the second half, however, the Royals came out and absolutely dominated play from the start, on their way to outshooting Drew by a staggering 13-1 advantage in the frame.
Scranton essentially put Drew away for the night early in the second half. First, in the 48th minute, senior Rebecca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) converted on a penalty kick, giving the Royals a 2-0 lead. The goal for Russo was the third of her season.
Then, in the 50th minute, junior Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) scored her fourth goal of the year off an Elliott assist to put Scranton up for good at 3-0.
From there, the Royals rolled, as the Scranton defense collected their seventh shutout of the year in the victory.
Overall, Scranton held a decisive 17-3 edge on shots over Drew, along with a 7-3 advantage on corner kicks. In net, sophomore Amanda Steinberg (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) earned the shutout win, stopping a shot in the first half of the victory.
The University of Scranton women's soccer team returns to action on Saturday, as they host Susquehanna in a key Landmark Conference match-up at Weiss Field. The game, which will also serve as the program's annual Senior Day, will start at 4 p.m.