|Mazie Stiles||Teresa Hegarty|
|Steph Lowrey||Callie Deola|
HUNTINGDON - Four different players scored goals on the afternoon, as The University of Scranton women's soccer team raced out to a 3-0 lead at halftime and never looked back in a 4-1 win at Juniata in Landmark Conference action on Saturday.
With the victory, the Royals finished their 2019 regular season with a 9-5-3 overall mark, 5-2 in the Landmark Conference. Scranton will now enter the 2019 Landmark Semifinals at the number three seed, where they will take on second-seeded Elizabethtown on Wednesday.
Juniata ended the year with a 3-12-2 overall mark, 0-7 in the Landmark with the defeat.
From the opening kick Saturday, Scranton was in firm control of the match, as junior Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) quickly put the Royals up, 1-0, with an unassisted goal three minutes into the contest. The score was the seventh of the year for Stiles, which is the highest mark on the team entering the postseason.
In the 14th minute, Scranton increased their lead to 2-0 as freshman Teresa Hegarty (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) scored off an assist from sophomore Grace Elliott (Westfield, N.J./Westfield). The goal for Hegarty was the second of her season, while Elliott notched her third assist of the year on the play.
A mere three minutes later, the Royals made it 3-0, as sophomore Steph Lowrey (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) scored her fourth goal of the 2019 season, unassisted. From there in the period, Scranton coasted, as they went on to outshoot the host Eagles, 12-0, in the frame to take a comfortable three-score lead into intermission.
The second half saw more of the same domination from Scranton, as the Royals continued to coast. In the 73rd minute, sophomore Callie Deola (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) found the back of the net, unassisted, to make it a 4-0 match. The tally for Deola was the third of her season.
From there, it was academic for Scranton, even though Juniata scored in the 75th minute to cut the Royals lead down to three goals. But, it was too little, too late for the Eagles, as the Royals rolled to their fifth Landmark Conference victory of the regular season.
Overall in the win, Scranton outshot Juniata by a wide 20-1 margin, while holding a 5-1 edge on corner kicks.
The Royals now head to Elizabethtown for the Landmark Conference Semifinals on Wednesday. The game will be a rematch of a close contest at E-Town on Oct. 19, as the host Blue Jays came back from a late 2-1 deficit to shock the Royals, 3-2, handing Scranton their first loss in a Landmark Conference regular season match since 2015.
The game time for Wednesday's semifinal match has been set for 7 p.m. More information on the 2019 Landmark Conference Tournament will be posted throughout the week at athletics.scranton.edu.