Senior Kyle Robbins (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) has been a four-year starter on the back line for The University of Scranton men's soccer team. In his first three seasons, he didn't record a point despite being a dangerous player at outside back. That all changed this past weekend.
Robbins had two goals and an assist – the first five points of his career – to help lead the Royals to a pair of season-opening victories. As a result, he has been named the University's Athlete of the Week.
On Friday evening, Robbins scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute as the Royals rallied from a halftime deficit to post a 3-1 win over Centenary at Fitzpatrick Field. He was also instrumental in Scranton holding the Cyclones to just seven total shots in the match.
Less than 24 hours later, Robbins had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 victory over Allegheny at Fitzpatrick Field. He opened the game by delivering a long pass to fellow senior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./La Salle College H.S.), who outran a defender and beat the goalie to put the Royals ahead, 1-0, just 15 seconds into the match.
After the Gators tied the score in the 34th minute, Robbins went on the attack three minutes later and drew a foul inside the box to earn a penalty kick. He rifled the shot off the goalkeeper's outstretched arm and into the back of the net to put Scranton ahead for good.
On the defensive side of the field, Robbins and the Royals allowed just four shots in the win over Allegheny.
The men's soccer team will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 6, when the Royals travel to Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa. to take on King's at 7 p.m.