Junior midfielder Justin Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) had a goal and an assist, and fellow junior midfielder Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) finished with three assists as The University of Scranton men's soccer team used a big second half to defeat Alvernia, 4-1, on Saturday at Weiss Field.
The Royals (2-0) scored three times in the first 18 minutes of the second half to break open a game that was scoreless at halftime. Junior midfielder Riley Smith (New Hope, Pa./New Hope Solebury) scored in the 47th minute off an assist from Hammert to break the ice. It was Smith's second goal in as many games.
After Alvernia (1-1) tied the score three minutes later, Hammert put Scranton ahead for good on a beautiful goal in the 54th minute. Roberts sent a cross into the box, where senior midfielder Kieran Bracken (Stamford, Conn./South Kent) headed the ball back across the goalmouth to Hammert for the goal. Roberts and Bracken picked up assists on the play.
The Royals' final two goals came when Roberts took shots from the left wing with a lot of pace. Both were saved, but bounced right to teammates for tap-in goals. The first game in the 63rd minute when Roberts got free and rifled a shot at the right corner. The shot was barely saved, but the ball landed at the feet of sophomore forward Matt Bolock (Cresco, Pa./Pocono Mountain East), who scored his first goal of the season.
The final goal was almost identical as junior forward Nick Kapelewski (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) was there to knock the ball home after Roberts' shot was again barely saved in the 83rd minute.
Scranton held a 12-8 edge in shots, including 10-3 in shots on goal. Alvernia held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The Royals will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 5, when they host King's at 4 p.m. at Weiss Field.