In order to keep their season alive, the Elizabethtown College women’s soccer team needed several different factors to come together in their favor. The first requirement was earning a victory over Juniata College on Saturday, Oct. 29. Etown honored its six senior players and one senior manager prior to the start of their final regular season game.
Seniors Morgan Chambers and Caroline Novak led the way with one goal each to propel the Blue Jays to their second largest win of the season. In total, Etown found the back of the net five times against Juniata goalkeeper Erin Mueller.
First-year Lydia Lawson opened the scoring in the ninth minute with her eighth goal of the season. Chambers was credited with the assist to put the Blue Jays ahead. The game remained 1-0 until the 33rd minute when junior Chelsea Dantona converted on a scoring opportunity for her first goal of the year.
Chambers scored her second goal of the season to put the Blue Jays up 3-0 going into halftime. Chambers enjoyed her best game in an Etown uniform and recorded a career-high three points.
Early in the second half, Lawson took a pass from junior Maria Boretti in the box and beat Mueller for her second goal of the game and team-leading ninth of the season. Lawson finished the season with the team lead in both goals and points (18). Novak finished the scoring barrage for the Blue Jays with her penalty kick goal in the 54th minute.
With the Blue Jays doing their part to stay alive in the playoff race, Moravian College needed to take care of business against Susquehanna University and Catholic University needed either a win or tie against conference-leading University of Scranton.
The Greyhounds took down Susquehanna 2-0 to help out the Blue Jays’ chances. However, Catholic dropped a double overtime heartbreaker to Scranton to end Etown’s playoff hopes.
Based on tiebreaker criteria in the Landmark Conference, Catholic claimed the third seed based on goal differential among the three tied teams. Susquehanna (even) claimed fourth, and Etown (-1) fell to fifth. The Blue Jays finished the season 6-10 overall but played well in the Landmark, recorded four wins in their seven matches.