Elizabethtown, Pa.- Lydia Lawson turned toward her teammates and punched the air after her strike on goal found the back of the net, giving the Blue Jays the lead in a tight game against the Scranton Royals.
The Elizabethtown College Blue Jays snapped a seven game winless streak against Scranton in 3-2 win on Saturday’s Homecoming game. It was a nail biter the whole way as the rivals went back and forth pressing each other’s back lines.
Both teams played hard and showed how intense this rivalry actually is. “We all wanted this win. It was the Homecoming game. We have a losing streak against Scranton. And to be honest, we do not like them very much,” Senior Allison Plotts said.
It remained scoreless until the second half of the game. Sophomore Leigh Ungerleider gave the Blue Jays the first lead in the 50th minute, but that did not last long. Scranton’s Teresa Hagerty and Stephanie Lowry both had goals to give the Royals a 2-1 lead. All three of the goals came within five minutes of each other, delivering some drastic lead changes.
In the 70th minute, Natalie Nye scored her first career goal to tie the game. Lydia Lawson crossed the ball toward the far post to Nye. Nye took a touch and roofed a shot that went over the goalie then celebrated with her teammates.
“I’m just so happy the shot went in. It was my first career goal. It’s because I play defense, but the game was so close that coach wanted us to push up,” Nye said.
It was anyone’s game at this point. Both teams continued to drive the ball up and down the field. In the 76th minute, Lawson pushed a jump ball with her head past a defender and ripped a shot that found the back of the net. The goal gave the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead over Scranton. It was also Lawson’s sixth game winning goal of the season, tying a school record.
Lawson, the senior from Mountaintop, Pa, is having a dominant year so far with 16 goals through only 12 games. She is averaging 1.33 goals per game. Additionally, she has 36 points on the season, averaging 3 points a game. This senior is definitely the player to watch moving forward as she continues to lead the Jays to victory.
This win brings the Jays to 3-1 in the conference. They are now tied for third place with Scranton. However, they are not far behind Catholic and Susquehanna whom are tied for first in the conference with records of 4-1. “This win gives us a lot of momentum going forward and puts us in a great spot to get the number one seed,” Senior Leanna Miller said.
The next conference game for the Blue Jays is October 26th against Goucher.