The Elizabethton Women’s Soccer team went up against Scranton on Saturday October 19th in a Landmark Conference match up. As the Blue Jays celebrated homecoming, they were also able to celebrate a win against one of the best teams in the conference. Scranton has not lost a regular season game since 2015, but they fell short to the Jays 3-2 at the final whistle.
In the opening half, there were no goals on either side of the field. But after half time the action began quickly, and the pace continued throughout the remainder of the game. Approximately 50 minutes in, sophomore Leigh Ungerleider gave the Jays the lead. But not long after, Scranton struck back. Not a minute later, the Royals earned another quick goal. This allowed Scranton to take the lead 2-1 with plenty of time to go left in the half.
Around the 70th minute the Jays were tested defensively with consecutive shots fired again by the Royals, but the First-year goalkeeper Trinity Soto held her line strong and did not let their lead extend pass two. Soto earned six saves total against Scranton.
Halfway into the final half, senior Lydia Lawson saw an opportunity to cross the ball towards the far post; successfully finding her fellow teammate, senior Natalie Nye. Nye was able to take one touch and strike the ball out of the keeper’s reach, earning her first career goal.
“We’ve been practicing the way we want to perform and sharpening our skills,” Nye said.
The game was then tied as both teams went back and forth for a bit attempting to score. This was until the 76th minute, when Lawson gave E-town the lead 3-2.
“If we beat them we have a good shot at playoffs,” Lawson said.
This was Lawson’s sixth game-winning goal of the season; tying the school record. The 80th minute brought some of the last attacks on net Scranton could produce. There were a few corner kicks that came close, but the Blue Jays held their defense strong while the time ran out giving them the win.
Hear the interviews with Nye and Lawson in the link below.