|Teresa Hegarty||Rebecca Russo||Ashley Carabajal|
SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's soccer team (7-5-3, 4-2 Landmark) dropped a hard fought 1-0 decision to the Susquehanna River Hawks (13-3, 5-1 Landmark) on Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field in Scranton.
Susquehanna scored the lone goal of the match with 4:03 to play in regulation as Katherine Ross crossed a ball from the right side into the box and Samantha Chillis was able to get a head on It to give the River Hawks a 1-0 edge.
The Royals sit in the fourth and final playoff spot at 4-2 with one regular season conference game remaining.
The two teams battled through a scoreless first half with Scranton holding a slight 5-4 edge in shots in the opening 45 minutes. Freshman Teresa Hegarty (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) had a couple of chances including a shot in the 31st minute that was turned away by River Hawks goalie Maddi Welliver. Susquehanna had two shots in the final stages of the first half, but both attempts were denied by Royals goalie Amanda Steinberg (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) to keep the game scoreless for the time being.
In the early stages of the second half, the Royals had a flurry of chances and a header from senior Rebecca Russo off a corner kick was denied by Welliver. Perhaps the best chance of the night for Scranton came in the 83rd minute when freshman Claire Sites (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford Area) ripped a shot from just outside the top of the box, hit the cross bar and bounced away.
The Royals held a 15-6 advantage in shots led by five from Hegarty and two apiece from sophomore Callie Deola (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) and junior Erin Toburen (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic). Steinberg had four saves in net for Scranton, while Welliver recorded 10 saves for Susquehanna.
Prior to the game, the team honored Russo and fellow senior Ashley Carabajal (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) as part of the Senior Day Ceremony.
Scranton closes out the home portion of its schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 30 when they host Misericordia in a non-conference match. Opening kick from Weiss Field is set for 7 p.m.