|Mazie Stiles||Hope Drewes|
SCRANTON - Junior Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) scored twice on the night, tallying the game-winning goal three minutes into the first overtime period to lift The University of Scranton women's soccer team to a thrilling 2-1 win over Misericordia on Wednesday night at Weiss Field.
With the victory, Scranton improved to 8-5-3 overall for the year, while Misericordia dropped to 9-5-1 with the defeat.
In the opening frame of the contest, it was about as even as it could be between the squads, as both teams fired four shots, apiece. The Cougars, however, were able to find the back of the net on a chance in the frame, as a goal in the 29th minute gave Misericordia a 1-0 lead that held into intermission.
But, out of the break, the Royals quickly took control of the match and never let up the rest of the night.
After having numerous chances either go wide, high, or saved at the net, Stiles took matters into her own hands in the 72nd minute. Lining up on one of the eight corner kicks the Royals took in the second half, she bent a shot toward the goal and past Misericordia keeper Alexis Benedetto into the net to tie the match up at 1-1.
Over the final 18 minutes of regulation, the Royals continue to push and push on offense, never relenting. With under a minute to go, it appeared Scranton had the match won, as Stiles beat a Misericordia defender to the net and finished a chance.
But, the goal was wiped away by an offsides call, sending the match to overtime. There, Stiles put away Misericordia for good.
Two and a half minutes into the overtime period, sophomore Hope Drewes (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) played a ball from almost midfield toward a streaking Stiles who once again beat a Misericordia defender. After a few dribbles toward the net, she buried a chance from just inside the box to win the match for Scranton.
With her two-goal night, Stiles has now scored six goals for the season, while notching her second game-winner of the year on the golden goal in overtime. The multiple goal night was the second of the season for Stiles, as well.
Overall on the night, Scranton dominated the stat sheet, outshooting the visiting Cougars by a wide 17-6 margin (13-2 alone in the second half and overtime period). The Royals also took nine corner kicks (eight in the second half alone), compared to just five for Misericordia.
In net, sophomore Amanda Steinberg (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) notched another victory, as she made two saves in the first half of the contest.
The University of Scranton women's soccer team wraps up their 2019 regular season on Saturday, as they travel to Juniata for a Landmark Conference road match. Things get underway at 4 p.m.