|Michael Bergen||Jonathan Roberts|
|Michael Newell||Pat Codispoti|
SCRANTON, Pa. - It was a banner Senior Day for the University of Scranton men's soccer team, as the Royals pulled away in the second half, scoring four goals in the final 45 minutes to coast to a 5-1 victory over Goucher on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field in Landmark Conference play.
With the win, the Royals won for the fourth time in their last five matches to go to 11-3-1 overall and 4-2 in the Landmark Conference. Goucher fell to 6-5-5, 1-3-2 in the Landmark with the defeat.
After the program honored the 10 members of their senior class, Scranton had to deal with a playing into a stiff win in the opening half, as the Royals only fired four shots in the first 45 minutes of action.
However, one of the shots that Scranton took went into the back of the net, as freshman Jonathan Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N,J./Immaculata-Somerville) scored his third goal of the year in the 31st minute to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. Roberts played a cross in the box from junior Gavin Coutts (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham), who recorded his third assist of the year on the play.
The 1-0 lead held into the second half and Scranton took full advantage of having the wind at their back for the final 45 minutes to put the Gophers away with four goals.
The first came in the 47th minute, as senior Michael Bergen (Newtown, Pa./Pennington School) took advantage of a deflected Goucher save to bury his third goal of the year to give Scranton the 2-0 lead early in the period.
After Goucher got their lone goal of the contest on a penalty kick in the 49th minute, senior Michael Newell (Worcester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored his third goal of the season to put Scranton up for for good in the 74th minute.
The goal was set up by junior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.), who stole a pass from midfield and drove all the way to the net before dishing the ball back to Newell, who buried a shot.
The final two goals of the match, ironically, were scored by members of the Royals senior class.
Pat Codispoti (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chamimade) scored his second goal in as many matches in the 83rd minute, then in the 88th minute, Bergen scored his second goal of the day to cap off a successful Senior Day for Scranton.
Overall, Scranton dominated the stat sheet, as they outshot Goucher, 22-9, and held a 13-3 advantage on corner kicks. In net, senior's Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and Colin Homola (Massapequa, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) split time in net all match, with Hintz making two saves on the day.
The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Saturday, traveling to Catholic for the final match of the 2016 regular season. The Landmark Conference match-up begins at 3:30 p.m.