ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa.- The women’s soccer Landmark Conference game between Elizabethtown and Scranton had a slow start with no goals in the first half, however the Blue Jays kicked in a new gear in the second half and beat the Royals 3-2.
The game took place at Elizabethtown College at Ira R. Herr Field on Saturday, Oct. 19. Alumni, family members and friends were at the game because it was Elizabethtown College’s Homecoming weekend.
While there were no goals in the first half, the Blue Jays and the Royals put up a good fight in the second half.
Leigh Ungerleider, Elizabethtown sophomore, scored the first goal of the game. The Blue Jays fan section was ecstatic.
Scranton freshman, Teresa Hegarty, scored the second goal of the game. She was assisted by sophomore Steph Lowrey, and together they helped tie the game.
Lowrey also scored the third goal of the game with an assist from sophomore Callie Deola. The Blue Jays fan section was devastated after the back to back goals.
However, Elizabethtown seniors Natalie Nye and Lydia Lawson made a swift comeback and scored the fourth goal of the game.
Between the energy bouncing off of the Blue Jays fan section and the Blue Jays bench, Lydia Lawson scored the fifth and final goal of the game bringing the Blue Jays to victory.
The Blue Jays fan section gave a standing ovation and shouted “way to go” and “what a great game!”
Evan Schwab, Elizabethtown freshman, stood in the stands clapping as the final buzzer went off.
“It was insane. It was a really really hard fought game,” Schwab said. “At first everyone was like, oh this is just another game but at the second half everyone figured out that this is an amazing game.”
Sydney Detky, Elizabethtown freshman soccer player, was beyond happy about the win.
“Scranton has always been a really good team, and one of our goals this year was to beat them so we went out and did our best,” Detky stated. “Even though there were moments where we weren’t connecting quite right, we still held ourselves together so we could accomplish it.”
Detky believed that they won the game because of how supportive her teammates and the Blue Jays fan section were.
Christine Fox, Elizabethtown junior goalkeeper, was also excited about the win because the Blue Jays haven’t beaten the Royals in seven years.
“It was good for us to beat them while the alumni were there so they could experience what it’s like to beat Scranton,” Fox said.
The Blue Jays made two shots and three corner kicks, and the Royals made five shots and two corner kicks in the first half.
In the second half, the Blue Jays made three goals, nine shots and six corner kicks, and the Royals made two goals, 16 shots and ten corner kicks.
Scranton’s record was 6-4-3, 3-1-0 LC and Elizabethtown’s record was 8-3-1, 3-1-0 LC.
The Blue Jays will face Scranton again in the Landmark Semi-finals on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at Ira R. Herr field.
Click on the link below to hear the beginning of my interview with Sydney Detky. https://soundcloud.com/user-816040524/sydney-detky-podcast