Senior forward Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./La Salle College H.S.) scored 15 seconds into the match and The University of Scranton men's soccer team used a dominant effort to post a 3-1 win over Allegheny at Fitzpatrick Field on Saturday afternoon.
Scranton (2-0) also received goals from senior defender Kyle Robbins (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and junior midfielder Kieran Bracken (Stamford, Conn./South Kent) in the second half to break a 1-1 tie at the break. The victory improved the Royals to 2-0 for the third time in the past four seasons, and the six goals in the opening two games are the most for a Scranton team since the Royals scored six in a pair of season-opening wins in 2014.
Casey's goal caught almost everyone off guard, most importantly the Allegheny defense. After playing the opening kickoff backwards, Casey sprinted up the left side where Robbins found him with a long pass. He outraced a defender to the ball, dribbled twice and slid a shot low to the right side of the diving keeper to put the Royals in the lead before most fans could settle into their seats.
The goal was Casey's first of the season and 10th of his career, while Robbins picked up his first career assist.
Allegheny (1-1) knotted the score in the 34th minute with a goal on a rebound of a blocked shot, and the game stayed tied at 1 into halftime. But it didn't take long for Scranton to regain control.
Barely two minutes later, Robbins went on the attack from his outside back position, and when he was pulled down by a pair of defenders two steps inside the box, the official saw fit to call a penalty. Robbins then converted the PK for the second straight day, blasting a shot off the hand of the diving Allegheny keeper for his second career goal, both in the past 24 hours.
Scranton carried that 2-1 lead into halftime, then doubled its advantage in the 75th minute when Bracken headed home a great ball played in from the left wing to the far post by freshman midfielder Jarred Corbett (Wenonah, N.J./St. Augustine Prep). It was Bracken's first goal of the season and first in two seasons in a Royals uniform. Corbett picked up his second assist in as many career games.
The Royals finished the day with a 12-4 edge in shots and a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Scranton will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 6, when they travel to Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa. for a non-conference matchup with King's at 7 p.m.