|Mazie Stiles||Rebecca Russo|
In search of their seventh Landmark Conference championship in program history, The University of Scranton women's soccer team begins the 2019 Landmark Conference tournament on Wednesday night on the road, as the third-seeded Royals take on second-seeded Elizabethtown at 7 p.m.
Fans making the trip to Elizabethtown for the match are reminded that admission will be charged at the door: $7 for adults and $4 for seniors (62 and older) and non-Landmark Conference students. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free of charge, as are all Landmark Conference students, faculty and staff with their school ID.
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Finishing the season with a 9-5-3 overall mark and 5-2 in the Landmark Conference, the Royals will play a road Landmark Conference playoff game for the first time since 2015 on Wednesday night, but Scranton comes into the playoffs winners of three of their last four matches to close out the year.
Leading the offense is junior Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) who has tallied seven goals for the year, scoring three alone in Scranton's final two matches of the season.
On defense, the Royals are once again a strong outfit, allowing just a little over a goal a game, while posting seven shutouts. The leader of the Scranton backline continues to be senior Rebecca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), who Wednesday night will play in her seventh Landmark Conference playoff match. For the season, Russo has also pitched in on the offensive end, scoring three goals, while adding an assist.
Elizabethtown, the second seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs, comes into the postseason with an 11-4-1 overall mark and finished the regular year with a 6-1 ledger in Landmark matches. The Blue Jays have won seven of their last eight matches overall, posting a 7-1 mark in the month of October.
Leading Elizabethtown into the playoffs is senior Lydia Lawson, who is the best goal scorer in the Landmark Conference tallying 20 goals on the 2019 season to date. Lawson currently sits three goals away from tying the conference record for goals scored in one season, as well.
In the regular season match-up between the squads on Oct. 19, Elizabethtown rallied back from a 2-1 second half deficit to upend the Royals, 3-2, on their home field. In the contest, Lawson scored the eventual game-winner in the 75th minute, as the loss snapped a 25-match regular season conference winning streak for the Royals that dated back to 2015.
The other Landmark Conference semifinal match-up on Wednesday pits top-seeded Susquehanna against fourth-seeded Catholic. The winners of both games will then move onto Saturday's Landmark Conference championship match, where an automatic bid into the 2019 NCAA Tournament is on the line.
For more on the 2019 Landmark Conference women's soccer championship, click here.