Courtesy of Susquehanna Athletic Communications
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Junior captain Madi Welliver turned away Maggie Moorcones' penalty kick to propel the Susquehanna University women's soccer team to their third consecutive Landmark Conference championship appearance. Top-seeded Susquehanna (14-3-2) advances to the title game 3-2 on penalty kicks following a scoreless draw with fourth-seeded The Catholic University of America (8-7-4).
The defending Landmark Conference champions, Susquehanna will now host the third-seeded Royals of the University of Scranton this Saturday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m. at Sassafras Field. Scranton (10-5-3) punched its ticket to the championship match with a 3-2 road win over second-seeded Elizabethtown College.
How It Happened
- For the third straight season, Susquehanna and Catholic met in the Landmark Conference Championship semifinals. And for the third consecutive year, the River Hawks bested the Cardinals.
- Last season, CUA lost 2-0 at Susquehanna in the semifinals while SU advanced to the championship game, 3-2 on penalty kicks, in 2017.
- The two teams were toe-to-toe in the first half with SU edging the Cardinals, 4-3, in shots while corner kicks were equal at one apiece. Nina Fernandez kept Susquehanna off the board with three stops while Welliver made two saves.
- In the second half, the River Hawks dominated possession with a 4-1 shot advantage as well as a 2-0 margin in corners but couldn't put one past Fernandez.
- Catholic had the lone shot of the first overtime period, which was high.
- The River Hawks then had the only shot of the second overtime frame, which was wide left.
- Susquehanna went first in the shootout and sophomore forward Anna Werner connected on her penalty kick.
- Reagan Sharkey missed her attempt before junior defender Olivia Parke made hers to give SU a 2-0 lead in the shootout.
- Catholic pulled within 2-1 when Victoria Corte-Real connected on her PK before senior midfielder Katie Beluch missed her attempt.
- Elizabeth Johnson tied the shootout at 2-2 with her PK before each side's next penalty kick taker missed to keep it tied.
- Sophomore defender Marley Clendenin broke up the tie with her PK to set up Welliver's big save.
Inside the Box Score
- Susquehanna posted a 9-5 advantage in shots, including a 4-3 margin in shots on goal.
- The River Hawks also tallied a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.
- Werner led the way for SU with three shots while senior captain Jenny Charles (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area) added a pair.
- Welliver finished the night with three stops as the River Hawks avenged their 1-0 regular-season loss at Catholic on October 12.
- Fernandez made four saves as Catholic's season comes to an end.