|Nick Kapelewski||Patrick Prinner|
ELMIRA, N.Y. - Sophomore Nick Kapelewski (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) picked the perfect time to score his first career goal, as his tally late in the first half was the difference in a 1-0 victory for the University of Scranton men's soccer team at Elmira on Tuesday afternoon.
With the victory, Scranton moved to 8-6 overall on the year, while Elmira dropped to 3-10-1 with the defeat.
In the opening 45 minutes of the contest, Scranton controlled play, outshooting Elmira, 5-1. But, the first four shots that the Royals took from the field in the first 43 minutes-plus of action were off goal, keeping the game scoreless.
Their first shot on goal, however, proved to be the eventual difference maker, as Kapelewski played a midfield cross from sophomore Patrick Prinner (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) and lofted a shot over Elmira goalie Jacob Mattice into the back of the net to give the Royals a 1-0 lead with 52 seconds left in the first half.
For Kapelewski, it was his first career goal, while Prinner notched his first career assist on the play, as well.
Into the second half, Scranton fired away on the Elmira defense to try to get a go-ahead goal, taking six shots, five of which were on net. Mattice, however, made a save on each of those shots on goal, keeping the host Eagles in the match.
But, the Scranton defense continued to dominate play over the final 45 minutes to keep Elmira off the scoreboard for the day, as they held the Eagles shotless in the second half to preserve their second straight shutout win on the road.
Overall, Scranton outshot Elmira, 11-1 in the win. Over the last two matches, Scranton has outshot the opposition, 34-2, as well.
The University of Scranton men's soccer team will leap back into Landmark Conference play on Saturday, as the Royals travel to Goucher for a conference tilt. Things get underway at 4 p.m.