The Elizabethtown College women’s soccer team is in the midst of an important stretch of their season. After being shut out by the University of Scranton on Oct. 1 for their first Landmark Conference defeat of the season, they traveled to Catholic University on Saturday.
Despite equaling the Cardinal’s shot total for the game, Etown was unable to find the back of the net for a second straight game. Catholic made the most of their opportunities, striking twice against Etown goalkeeper, junior Hailey Parks. Parks finished the game with four saves.
The Blue Jays’ best chance of the game came from first-year Lydia Lawson’s header attempt, but the shot was saved by Catholic defender Alyssa Fiore. Catholic played with two goalies, starting Ally Marcello in the first half and brining Christina Peyroux in for the final 45 minutes. The two goalkeepers combined for five saves in the shutout victory.
Catholic struck early against the Blue Jays, scoring in the 11th minute to gain a 1-0 advantage. The Cardinals would hold a one-goal lead at the half before tacking on their second goal in the 53rd minute. Lawson led Etown with three shots, two of which were on goal. Junior Maria Boretti had two shots for the Blue Jays.
On Wednesday night, the Blue Jays were looking to bounce back against Moravian College.
In a tight battle until the last few minutes of regulation, the Blue Jays almost stole a Landmark victory away from the Greyhounds. Unfortunately, a late penalty stole that victory from Etown’s grasp.
Lawson scored once again for the Blue Jays, but no one else could find the back of the net for Etown.
In the 87th minute, Moravian was awarded a penalty kick and converted it to take a 2-1 lead. The Greyhounds would hang on for a one-goal home win.
With the loss, the Blue Jays drop to 1-3 in the Landmark Conference. The win was Moravian’s first in the Landmark this season.
Parks made five saves for Etown in the loss. Lawson’s goal came in the second half to tie things up at one goal each. Lawson now has seven goals this season. Etown had their scoring opportunities, firing 13 shots on Wednesday evening.
The Blue Jays will turn their attention to their homecoming weekend matchup with Goucher College on Ira R. Herr Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.