|Jon Roberts||Connor Casey||Blake Hammert|
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Sophomore Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculate-Somerville) and senior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) scored goals for the University of Scranton men's soccer team in each half, as the Royals blanked host Elizabethtown, 2-0, on Saturday evening in Landmark Conference action.
With the victory, the Royals improved to 7-3 overall on the year, 1-1 in the Landmark Conference. Elizabethtown fell to 5-5 and 0-2 in the Landmark with the defeat.
In the win, Scranton cracked a scoreless tie early, as Roberts scored his second goal of the season on a header from 10 yards out, unassisted, to put the Royals up, 1-0. For Roberts, the eventual game-winner was the first of his career.
For the remainder of the first half, the Royals defense was stout, as they held the host Blue Jays to four shots. Two of those shots were on net, but sophomore goalie Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) made saves on each attempt, preserving the shutout into intermission.
In the second period, the Royals continued to play strong on defense, and were just as powerful on offense, firing nine shots. Only one, however, was on net, and that goal turned out to be the go-ahead score of the evening for Scranton.
In the 86th minute, Casey was able to get his foot on an attempted Elizabethtown clearance, keep possession, then dribble a shot just past the E-Town goalkeeper into the back of the net to put the Royals up for good at 2-0.
For Casey, the goal was his fifth of the year and continued his sterling play against Elizabethtown for his career. The last two seasons, Casey scored game-winners in the Landmark Conference Championship match, in a pair of matches that were played at E-Town.
Overall, Scranton outshot Elizabethtown, 13-11 in the victory. Hammert earned the shutout (the first of his career) after making three saves, as well.
The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Wednesday, as they travel to Drew for another Landmark Conference match-up. Things get underway at 7 p.m.