SCRANTON, Pa. - A goal in the 66th minute by visiting Elizabethtown proved to be the difference, as the visiting Blue Jays snuck past the University of Scranton men's soccer team on Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field, 2-1, in Landmark Conference action.
With the defeat, the Royals dropped to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the Landmark. Elizabethtown improved to 6-2-1 with the win and 1-0-1 in the Landmark.
In the opening half, Scranton controlled play, keeping the ball on their own end for most of the period. However, the Royals could not cash in the opportunities presented to them, despite outshooting E-Town 7-3 in the half.
The Blue Jays, however, scored on their only shot on goal in the period, as a score in the 40th minute gave E-Town the 1-0 lead into intermission.
In the second half, Scranton finally converted on a scoring chance in the 56th minute. There, senior Michael Bergen (Newtown, Pa./The Pennington School) buried a shot from about 20 yards out into the back of the net, knotting the match up at 1-1. For Bergen, it was his first goal of the season.
But, E-Town answered the score in the 66th minute to take the lead back at 2-1, then held off several charges by the Royals over the final 20 minutes of action to take the win.
In the last 10 minutes alone, freshman Jonathan Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) had a shot saved just out of the goal, while junior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S,) had an attempt go just wide on the final offensive burst of the game for Scranton.
Overall, Scranton outshot Elizabethtown in the match, 12-7, and held a sizable 10-3 edge on corner kicks, as well.
The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to the pitch on Wednesday, hosting Drew in another Landmark Conference match at home. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.