Senior James Caulfield (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley) made sure The University of Scranton men's soccer team would begin defense of the Landmark Conference championship at home when he scored to give the Royals a 1-0 victory at Catholic on Saturday.
The win secured the second seed in this week's Landmark Conference playoffs and meant Scranton will host a semifinal on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field. As a result of his clutch goal, Caulfield has been named The University of Scranton Athlete of the Week.
Scranton (12-3-1, 5-2-0 Landmark) entered Saturday's match needing a win to secure the no. 2 seed. A loss or a draw would have opened the door for the Royals to fall out of second and be forced to go on the road to defend the conference title they won last season.
Caulfield provided the only goal of the match when he scored in the 36th minute on his only shot of the match. The Royals drew a corner kick and Caulfield took a pass from sophomore defender Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) and converted the scoring chance for his first goal of the season.
It's not the first clutch goal of Caulfield's career. He scored the match-tying goal in the 75th minute as the Royals scored twice in 23 seconds to capture last year's Landmark Conference title with a 3-2 victory at Elizabethtown.
Caulfield and the Royals will host third-seeded Drew in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.