|Henry Bonilla||Jonathan Roberts|
SCRANTON, Pa. - First half goals by senior Henry Bonilla (Fairless Hills, Pa./Pennington School) and freshman Jonathan Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.Y./Immaculata-Somerville) were more than enough for the University of Scranton men's soccer team on Wednesday against Muhlenberg at Fitzpatrick Field, as the Royals posted another shutout win over an opponent, this time by a score of 2-0.
With the victory, the Royals are off to their best start to a season since 2012 at 3-0, while Muhlenberg dropped to 1-2 with the defeat.
To open the match, Scranton came out strong on the attack, taking three shots in the first 15 minutes of action.
In the 17th minute, however, the Royals finally cashed in on a chance, as Bonilla played a goalie deflection in front of the net into the back of the net to give Scranton the early 1-0 edge. The goal for Bonilla was the seventh of his career to date and the first of his 2016 season.
Roughly six minutes later, Roberts got in on the scoring act after a steal at the midfield stripe. He proceeded to weave his way up field and to the net, where a shot from the left side snuck its way in to give Scranton a what turned out to be insurmountable two-score lead.
For Roberts, it was his first collegiate goal, as well.
The two goals in the first half capped a dominant performance by Scranton in the period, as they outshot Muhlenberg 11-5 overall. Junior goalie Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), however, was busy in the half, as he made three saves to keep the Mules off the scoreboard.
The second period was much calmer, as Scranton's defense clamped down over the final 45 minutes to preserve the shutout. Hintz added one more save in the period, as the Royals have yet to allow a goal in the first 270 minutes of soccer they've played on the 2016 season to date.
For the match, Scranton outshot Muhlenberg, 16-10, while the Mules had an 8-7 edge on corner kicks in the contest.
The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Saturday, traveling to Centenary for their first road match of the year. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.