Hextall Scores Pair As Scranton Closes Regular Season With 3-1 Victory Over Juniata
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Sophomore forward Rebecca Hextall (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Marymount) scored a pair of first-half goals to lead The University of Scranton women's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Juniata College at Detwiler Field on Friday night in the final regular season game for the Royals.
Sophomore forward Samantha Russo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) added a goal early in the second half as Scranton (11-3-3, 5-0 Landmark Conference) tuned up for the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs by posting its fifth win in seven road matches this season.
Both of Hextall's goals were unassisted and came within 4 ½ minutes of each other late in the first half. On the first, she broke through the Juniata defense and beat the goalkeeper at the 37:51 mark. Later, she scored on a breakaway to give the Royals a 2-0 lead at the 42:24 mark. The two goals gave Hextall five on the season and 11 for her career.
Russo pushed the Scranton lead to 3-0 just 2:04 into the second half when junior midfielder Sydney Parker (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) fed her on a breakaway down the right side of the field. The goal was Russo's seventh of the season, tied for the most on the team, and the 16th of her career. Parker's assist was her team-best sixth of the season and the 15th of her career.
It was the sixth time the Royals scored three or more goals in a game. More impressively, it was the 14th time in 17 matches that Scranton allowed one or no goals.
With the win, Scranton improves to 6-0 all-time against Juniata, which was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss and completed its season with a record of 5-9-3 overall and 1-4-1 in the Landmark Conference.
The win also gave the Royals their second straight unbeaten and untied regular season in conference play, the 12th time in school history they achieved that feat.
The game was moved from its originally scheduled time of 3:30 p.m. on Saturday due to the forecasted winter storm expected to hit Pennsylvania on Saturday.
The Lady Royals will begin their quest for a Landmark Conference championship on Wednesday, November 2, when they host a semifinal match at Fitzpatrick field with the opponent and game time yet to be determined.