The third-seeded University of Scranton women's soccer team will play a familiar foe on Saturday afternoon in the 2019 Landmark Conference championship match, as the Royals take on top-seeded Susquehanna in Selinsgrove beginning at 1 p.m.
Fans making the trip to Susquehanna 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.
Fans not making the trip are reminded can follow all the action live via a video stream or live stats by clicking here: https://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/wsoc/2019-20/schedule
On Saturday, the Royals (10-5-3) and the River Hawks (14-3-2) will face-off for a Landmark Conference title for the third straight season, as Scranton plays in the Landmark championship match for the 10th straight year overall. On the afternoon, the Royals are also in search of their seventh Landmark title and their 22nd conference crown in program history, as well.
In the title bout on Saturday, Scranton will look to avenge back-to-back losses to Susquehanna, as the River Hawks upended the Royals, 1-0, on Oct. 26 at Weiss Field on a late goal. In last season's Landmark title game (also at Weiss Field), Susquehanna won the crown on PK's by a slim 5-4 margin, denying the Royals a third straight Landmark Conference championship in the process.
The Royals earned their bid into the Landmark championship match with a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 win at second-seeded Elizabethtown on Wednesday night, as Scranton rallied from a 2-1 deficit early in the second half to knock off the Blue Jays.
In the victory, freshman Teresa Hegarty (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) had a breakout game, scoring twice, and netting a goal in each half. Hegarty's final goal came in the 56th minute and was the eventual game-winner for the Royals, as Scranton hung on over the final 30-plus minutes of regulation to take the one-score win.
Susquehanna, meanwhile, battled Catholic to a 0-0 scoreless draw for 110 minutes, sending the match to a penalty kick shootout. There, and tied up at 2-2, Marley Clendenin was successful on an attempt for the River Hawks to give them a 3-2 edge. On the ensuing PK, Susquehanna goalie Madi Welliver made a clinching save, sending the River Hawks to the title match in the process.
For the year, Susquehanna is led offensively by Anna Werner, who has scored 14 goals and added five assists (33 total points). On defense, the River Hawks are strong, as they've posted 11 shutouts and allowing under a goal a game (0.68). This is due in part to a strong season by Welliver in net, as she's made 54 saves and posted a goals against average of 0.31 for the year.
The winner of Saturday's Landmark Conference championship match will earn the conference's automatic bid into the 2019 NCAA Championship, which begins at on-campus sites across the country on November 15.
For more on the 2019 Landmark Conference women's soccer championship, click here: https://www.landmarkconference.org/sports/wsoc/2019-20/championships