SCRANTON - Sixth-ranked Lycoming scored back-to-back goals after the University of Scranton men's soccer team knotted the match up at a goal apiece, as the visiting Warriors got past the host Royals, 3-1, at soggy Fitzpatrick Field on Saturday.
With the loss, Scranton dropped to 5-1 overall on the year, while Lycoming improved to 7-0 with the victory.
In the opening frame of the contest, Lycoming quickly got on the scoreboard in the 13th minute, as Sanclair Tueno scored to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. That lead held for the remainder of the first half, as the Royals held their own defensively in the first half, allowing Lycoming to take just three shots.
To open the second half, the Royals increased their intensity on defense, and as a result, tied the match up at 1-1.
In the 58th minute, junior Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) took the ball right up the field on the Lycoming defense, eventually dishing the ball back to senior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.), who then found a streaking Donnelly near the net. Donnelly then put away a shot from about 10 yards out, tying the match up at 1-all.
The Royals continued to ride the momentum from the goal into the 70th minute, but in the 71st minute, Lycoming scored off a misplayed ball by Scranton's goalkeeper, giving the Warriors the lead back at 2-1. In the 80th minute, Tueno scored again, putting the Warriors up for good at 3-1.
Overall, Lycoming held a 13-5 edge in shots, while both teams took three corners, apiece. In net, sophomore Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) kept the Royals in the match in the second half, stopping five shots alone in the final 45 minutes (Hammert made six total saves on the day).
The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Haverford in another tough non-conference match at Fitzpatrick Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.