Elizabethtown, Pa. — Last Saturday, the University of Scranton Royals traveled to Elizabethtown to take on the Blue Jays. After an even matchup with less than 15 minutes to spare, Elizabethtown senior, Lydia Lawson, took the game winning goal to defeat the Royals in a 3-2 victory which gave Scranton their first conference loss of the season.
It was homecoming weekend and the stands were full of families and alumni to cheer on the Blue Jays. Junior Blue Jay soccer player, Christine Fox, said having their former teammates in the crowd attributed to their success.
“I think it helped having our alumni there because they know how much a win against Scranton meant to us,” she said.
After a quiet first half from both teams, the Blue Jays and the Royals exchanged the lead twice in less than five minutes. Etown sophomore Leigh Ungerleider boosted the Blue Jays into the lead with the first goal of the game in the 49th minute.
Their lead was short-lived, however, as Scranton’s Teresa Hegarty brought the game back to a draw three minutes later when she found an opening just inside the 18 and capitalized. Energized by their first goal, the Royals stole the lead with a second goal just 54 seconds later when Callie Deola found Stephanie Lowrey on the far left goal post.
Scranton maintained the lead for the next 15 minutes, but the Blue Jays fought back. They tested Scranton’s defense as Lawson crossed the ball inside to find senior Natalie Nye. Nye collected herself as three defenders sprinted back into position to stop her.
Before they had a chance to contain her, Nye placed the ball in the upper right corner of the net. With her first goal of the season, Nye matched the score at 2-2.
A Blue Jay spectator, Alexa Habermehl, commented on the environment in the stands. “From there, the energy changed,” she said. “We were all on the edge of our seats.”
Both teams were on the attack. For the sixth time this season, Lawson delivered a game-winning goal late in the 75th minute.
Scranton continued to press forward in search of another goal. They had a glimmer of hope when the ball found Hope Drewes off of a corner kick, but Blue Jay sophomore Kelli Olsson got in front of the ball and cleared it.
The clock winded down and the Blue Jays secured the conference win.
“This win is huge for us,” Lawson said. “Scranton is always a great team, so getting the win means a lot. I’m really proud of our effort today.”