No. 23 Cortland Slips Past Men’s Soccer, 1-0

The men's soccer team suffered its first setback of the season on Saturday to Cortland.
The men's soccer team suffered its first setback of the season on Saturday to Cortland.
Blake Hammert


Box Score

No. 23 Cortland dealt The University of Scranton men's soccer team its first loss of the season on a cool and rainy afternoon Saturday, using a 66th minute goal to edge the Royals, 1-0.  The Red Dragons lift their record to 2-0-2 on the season while Scranton slides to 2-1-1.    

Cortland netted the game's only goal with 24:03 left in regulation with Blake Aronson heading home a cross from Jake Kaufman.  The Red Dragons' tally came just minutes after Scranton had a potential go-ahead goal waived off by an offside ruling.

Cortland was able to hold the Royals off the rest of the way as the hosts generated a corner kick and a long restart in the final minute of the contest, but Scranton was unable to find a late equalizer.

Both teams had chances to take the lead in the first half, but Scranton goalkeeper Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) made four saves in the period and got a help from the posts on two other shots to keep the game scoreless.  At the other end, the Royals had several opportunities slip just by the post or inches away from a foot for a tap-in.

After being outshot 9-4 in the opening 45 minutes, Scranton turned the tides with a 5-2 advantage in shots in the second half, but it was Aronson's tally that would prove to be the difference where it mattered.  Cortland's goal marked the visitor's only shot on goal in the second half.

Aidan Thornell (Summit, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) paced the Royals with three shots in the contest while Michael Castaldi (Media, Pa./Malvern Prep) produced Scranton's lone shot on goal in the game.

For the game, Cortland held an 11-9 edge in shots including a 5-1 lead in shots on goal while the Royals had six corner kicks to two for the visitors.

Scranton will play the final game of its season-opening five-game homestand on Tuesday night when the Royals welcome Misericordia to Weiss Field for a non-conference match slated to kickoff at 7 p.m.