UNION, N.J. -- The University of Scranton women's soccer team scored goals in each half of play and kept SUNY-Cortland off the scoreboard for 90 minutes to finish off a successful first weekend of games on Saturday, blanking the Red Dragons 2-0 in a game that was played at Kean University.
With the victory, Scranton improved to 2-0 on the year, while SUNY-Cortland fell to 1-1 overall with the defeat.
To open the match, the Royals pounced on SUNY-Cortland early, as sophomore Brittany Uricchio (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) scored her first goal of the 2016 campaign off a nice pass in front of the net by fellow sophomore Taylor Stevens (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie), giving Scranton the early 1-0 edge.
In the period, however, SUNY-Cortland outshot the Royals 6-3, but a strong half by senior goalie Krissy Welsh (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) kept the Red Dragons off the scoreboard, as she made three saves overall in the first 45 minutes of play to give Scranton a one-goal lead entering intermission.
In the second stanza, the Royals buckled down on defense, allowing just three shots (all of which were not on goal) in the frame.
The go-ahead goal then came in the 68th minute, as junior Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) scored off a pass from sophomore Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) giving Scranton the two-goal edge they wouldn't relinquish over the final 20-plus minutes of action.
For Welsh, it was her second shutout win in as many days for Scranton. Uricchio scored the third goal of her career in the victory, while DeMars added her fifth goal of her career. With the win, the Royals also begin a season with two straight victories for the first time since the 2011 campaign.
The University of Scranton women's soccer team returns to action on Tuesday, traveling to Swarthmore for another non-conference match. Things get underway at 7 p.m.