BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Goals in each half by senior Henry Bonilla (Fairless Hills, Pa./The Pennington School) proved to be the difference, as the scores catapulted the University of Scranton men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over host Moravian on Saturday night in the Landmark Conference opener for both squads.
With the victory, the Royals improved to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the Landmark. Moravian fell to 4-3 and 0-1 in the Landmark with the loss.
In the opening frame, Bonilla got the scoring started in the 25th minute for the Royals, scoring unassisted from the right side of the net to give Scranton the early 1-0 edge.
Moravian, however, answered the goal about 12 minutes later to knot the match up at 1-1. The score would remain that way through the rest of the half, as both teams went into the locker room for intermission deadlocked at a goal apiece.
It remained that way until the 60th minute, when Bonilla headed in what turned out to be the game-winning goal off a cross from freshman Jonathan Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville), giving the Royals a one-goal lead with just under 30 minutes remaining left in regulation.
From there, the Royals defense took over, as both shots on goal for the Greyhounds in the period were stopped by senior goalie Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), as Scranton hung on to take a hard-fought win on the road in their Landmark Conference opener.
Overall, Scranton outshot Moravian, 10-9, and held a 10-1 edge on corner kicks. Hintz ended the night making three saves, as well..
The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Wilkes for a non-conference match. Things get underway at 4 p.m.