Courtesy of Scranton Sports Information
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's soccer team won its first Landmark Conference title since 2009. The Cardinals scored early and held on for the 1-0 win.
Much like the first matchup, this one came down to a few key plays, and Catholic (15-1-3) made the biggest play that mattered, scoring the game's only goal in the 22nd minute. Sophomore midfielder Alexis Garcia (Miami Beach, Fla./Miami Beach Senior) pounced on a ball that had deflected on the post and easily tapped it in to give the Cardinals a quick lead.
Scranton (10-8-2) had a chance to equalize three minutes later when the Cardinals were called for a foul in the penalty box, giving the Royals a penalty kick. But the shot went wide left and Catholic made its 1-0 lead stand up the rest of the way despite strong pressure by the Royals in the second half.
Catholic held a 16-9 edge in shots, but just 10-7 in shots on goal. Scranton sophomore goalkeeper Krissy Welsh (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) made nine saves, one shy of her season high, in the loss. Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Bacon (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) led the Royals with three shots.
Garcia was named Most Valuable Player for her performance. The Cardinals will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.