Men’s Soccer Controls Juniata in 4-1 Landmark Conference Victory

Senior Michael Bergen had two assists in the Royals' win on Saturday.
Senior Michael Bergen had two assists in the Royals' win on Saturday.
Michael Bergen Gavin Coutts
Henry Bonilla Michael Newell


Box Score

SCRANTON, Pa. - Senior Michael Bergen (Newtown, Pa./The Pennington School) and junior Gavin Coutts (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) both had a goal and a assist, apiece, as the University of Scranton men's soccer team dominated play from the opening kick against Juniata on Saturday, besting the visiting Eagles, 4-1, at Fitzpatrick Field.

With the win, Scranton captured their third straight match to move to 10-3 overall and 3-2 in the Landmark Conference. Juniata fell to 4-11 overall and 1-4 in the conference with the defeat.

In the opening frame, Scranton got the scoring started early and often, as the Royals raced out to an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the first 31 minutes of the contest.

First in the 11th minute, senior Henry Bonilla (Fairless Hills, Pa./The Pennington School) scored off a nice cross from junior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.), giving Scranton the early 1-0 edge. For Bonilla, it was his team-leading seventh goal of the season, while Casey notched his second assist of the campaign on the play.

A mere three minutes and 22 seconds later, Bergen scored his second goal of the season on a header, as Coutts was credited with the assist on the score that gave Scranton a 2-0 lead.

The roles were then reversed on a scoring play in the 31st minute, as Coutts buried home a chance from a Bergen corner kick, giving Scranton a 3-0 lead. For Coutts, it was his third goal of the season.

Despite Juniata scoring their lone goal of the contest late in the first half, the Royals dominated the first 45 minutes of play, holding a 3-1 lead into the break after outshooting the Eagles, 11-1, in the period.

It was more of the same in the second half for Scranton, as the Royals' final goal was scored by senior Michael Newell (Worcester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) in the 56th minute, giving Scranton a three-goal lead. Senior Matthew Busch (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) was credited with an assist on the play, as Newell scored his second goal of the season.

Overall, Scranton dominated the final stats. In all, the Royals outshot Juniata by a large 26-4 margin in the win, while holding Juniata to zero corner kicks on the afternoon (Scranton held a 14-0 edge in corners).

The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Haverford in a non-conference match at Fitzpatrick Field. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.