SCRANTON - Susquehanna's Thomas Burke scored the eventual game-winner in the 51st minute, as the visiting River Hawks upended the University of Scranton men's soccer team, 1-0, on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field in Landmark Conference action.
With the defeat, Scranton dropped to 7-5 overall and 1-3 in the Landmark Conference, while Susquehanna improved to 4-6-2 overall and 2-1-1 in the Landmark with the victory.
The match also served as the annual Red Card Cancer match for the programs, as donations were taken throughout the contest benefiting the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Research Center.
In the opening frame, Scranton had a few scoring chances that they just missed on. First, in the 10th minute, sophomore Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) banged a shot off the crossbar, while two more Royals shots in the period went wide.
Meanwhile, Susquehanna also fired three shots in the opening 45 minutes, and couldn't score either, as sophomore keeper Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) made a save on the Riverhawks' lone shot on goal in the opening frame.
To start the second half, Susquehanna was awarded a free kick in the 50th minute after a Scranton yellow card. Burke took that free kick for the Riverhawks, and scored a goal, giving Susquehanna a 1-0 lead early in the period.
From there, Susquehanna began to buckle down on defense, as the Royals could not get a shot past Riverhawks goalie Matt Ellingworth. Senior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) had two shots on net saved by Ellingworth throughout the period, as did junior Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy).
Down a goal with under 10 minutes left, the Royals tried frantically to get their offensive attack going, but it was to no avail, as Susquehanna hung on down the stretch to take the one-score victory.
Overall, both Scranton and Susquehanna took nine shots, apiece, in the match, while the Royals had a 4-0 edge in corner kicks. In net, Hammert ended the match with three saves.
The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Tuesday, traveling to Dickinson for a non-conference tilt. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.