BY AJ DEAN, STAFF WRITER
Despite a goal from senior forward Marissa DeParto in the 84th minute against Juniata, the Crusaders women’s soccer team fell to their Landmark Conference rival 2-1, at Sassafras Field Wednesday night.
The goal was the 20th of DeParto’s storied career. This ties her with Lauren Brown (1997-2000) for eighth most all-time in the program’s history.
Although the Crusaders outshot Juniata by a 10-8 margin, the Eagles emerged with a victory by landing two shots in the back of the net and denying the Crusaders an equalizing goal.
Juniata’s (11-4, 2-2 Landmark) first goal came when senior forward Paula Pryor scored in the 42nd minute of play, and the score would remain 1-0 heading into halftime.
Sophomore defender Caitlyn Cameron got the second half started, guiding a set-piece pass into the box to senior defender Oriana Long, who guided a header towards the net only to be saved by the Juniata goalie.
Sophomore forward Sarah Rhodes increased the Eagles’ lead to 2-0 when she scored in the 71st minute.
The Crusaders continued to battle, and they were finally awarded for their efforts when DeParto blasted a shot from 20 yards out. The goal cut the deficit to 2-1 with about seven minutes to play. Unfortunately, Susquehanna could not find the back of the net again as Juniata escaped with the win.
Susquehanna 0, Scranton 2
Susquehanna lost 2-0 at the University of Scranton Saturday
Despite putting forth a valiant effort, the Crusaders were unable to earn their first Landmark Conference victory.
The Crusaders (1-11-2 overall, 0-4 Landmark Conference) started the match slowly by conceding one goal 11 minutes into the match. The first half of play concluded with a 1-0 score as the Royals (13-2, 3-0 Landmark) outshot the Crusaders by a 10-1 margin.
The Royals added to their 1-0 lead with another goal five minutes into the second half.
Despite being unable to break through offensively in the final 45 minutes, Susquehanna was able to unload three shots and attempt two corners in the half. Leading the offensive attack for the Crusaders was junior forward Samantha Zuponcic, who tallied two shots, with one on goal.
Sophomore defender Caitlyn Cameron and junior midfielder Emma Ehler also helped the Crusaders’ cause, each tallying one shot.
Senior goalkeeper Rachel Norbuts also impressed, finishing the match with a season-high 12 saves.
Despite coming away with an undesired result, the Crusaders were able to take some positives away from the match.
“The level of play in the first half of the Scranton game is a level that we need to emulate in the upcoming games of the season,” Cameron said. “If we continue to play at that level throughout the whole game, we will be able to pull off wins in the final games of the season.”
The Crusaders will look to get back on track on Oct. 26 when they travel to Goucher for a 1 p.m. game.