No. 19 Men's Soccer Uses Second Half Goals, Timely Defense to Get Past Misericordia, 2-1

Junior Gavin Coutts scored Scranton's first goal, then had an assist on the eventual game-winning score in the Royals' 2-1 win over Misericordia on Tuesday night.
Junior Gavin Coutts scored Scranton's first goal, then had an assist on the eventual game-winning score in the Royals' 2-1 win over Misericordia on Tuesday night.
Gavin Coutts Henry Bonilla
Matthew Busch Eric Hintz

 

Box Score

SCRANTON, Pa. - Junior Gavin Coutts (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) and senior Henry Bonilla (Fairless Hills, Pa./Pennington School) scored second half goals, while senior goalie Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) made three saves alone in the final 45 minutes of play, as the 19th-ranked University of Scranton men's soccer team remained unbeaten on Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over Misericordia at Fitzpatrick Field.

With the victory, the Royals went to 5-0 on the season to continue their best start to a season since 2012. Misericordia fell to 2-3 with the defeat.

After a scoreless first half that saw Scranton outshoot Misericordia, 5-2, the Royals finally cashed in on a scoring chance in the 51st minute.

There, senior Matthew Busch (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) delivered a perfect cross from just over 35 yards out to a streaking Coutts at the net, and the junior buried the opportunity, giving Scranton a 1-0 lead to kick off the half.

For Coutts, it was the fourth goal of his career (first of the 2016 season), while Busch notched the second assist of his season on the nifty cross.

The Royals added onto the lead in the 66th minute, as Bonilla played a pass from Coutts (who received the ball near the net off a corner kick) and fired a shot into the back of the net, giving Scranton a 2-0 edge.

For Bonilla, it was his second goal of the 2016 campaign, which proved to be the game-winner in the contest (the sixth of his career). Coutts picked up the second assist of his season on the play, as well.

The goal proved to be a big one, as Misericordia finally broke the Royals' shutout streak at just over 435 minutes in the 75th minute, as the score by Devin Crevani slashed the Scranton lead down to a goal.

In the waning minutes of the contest, Misericordia had a few more chances to tie the match and send it into extra time. But, Hintz made a save on their lone shot on net in the final minutes, securing the win for Scranton in the process.

Overall, Scranton outshot Misericordia 8-7 in the win, while holding a 9-7 edge on corner kicks. In net, Hintz ended the night making four saves to clinch the victory for Scranton.

The Royals return to action on Saturday, traveling to Lycoming for another out-of-conference match. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

--ROYALS--