WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – With a dominant 4-0 blanking of Lycoming, the Susquehanna women’s soccer team brought the River Derby trophy back to Selinsgrove. The Crusaders recorded their highest scoring output of the season and have now won three of their last four games.
Three different SU players contributed on offense, with rookie Kate Wiley (Sellersville, Pa./Pennridge) adding two of the four goals.
The Crusaders (4-2) held the a significant 29-11 edge in shots over Lycoming (1-5).
Susquehanna certainly had chances to get on the board first as they fired off 12 shots in the opening 19 minutes, with four from Laura Buriak (Salem, Va./Salem) but none found the back of the net. Lycoming, meanwhile, had just three shots over that span, only one of which forced goalie Rachel Norbuts (Monroeville, N.J./Woodstown) to make a save.
One of those SU opportunities finally translated into a goal when Wiley fired a high-arcing shot past Lycoming goalie for a 1-0 Crusader lead with 26:05 on the clock. Hadley Elsenbaumer (Fogelsville, Pa./Parkland) picked up the assist on the score, her second of the fall.
With exactly two minutes to play in the half, Wiley struck again. This time she capitalized on a Lycoming turnover and shot a ball high into the back center of the net from 20 yards out and for a 2-0 score at the midway point of the game.
Ten minutes into the second half, SU struck again but this time it was someone other than Wiley providing the offense. Buriak directed a pass from Marissa DeParto (Franklin Lakes, N.J./Indian Hills) into the right corner for a 3-0 SU edge.
Six minutes later, DeParto joined the scoring action, netting the team’s fourth goal of the game and that 4-0 edge was more than enough to clinch the win. DeParto finished with a game-high eight shots.
SU opens Landmark Conference play on Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. game at Drew.