WASHINGTON, D.C. – Catholic scored twice in the opening 31 minutes of Saturday afternoon's Landmark Conference men's soccer opener against The University of Scranton and held on for a 2-1 victory. The Cardinals improve to 4-1 (1-0 Landmark) on the season while the Royals slide to 2-3-2 (0-1 Landmark).
Sophomore Jarred Corbett (Wenonah, N.J./St. Augustine Prep) scored his first goal of the season for Scranton while junior goalkeeper Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) made six saves including stopping a penalty shot in the first half.
After Scranton was whistled for a foul in their own box in the 21st minute of Saturday contest, Hammert came up clutch, stopping the Cardinals from the spot to keep the game scoreless.
The Royals were unable to seize the momentum from the big save though as Catholic took a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute before doubling their lead in the 31st minute on a blast from 25 yards out.
Scranton got on the board just moments after the Cardinals scored their second goal as Corbett was on the receiving end of a nice give-and-go play with freshman Mike Cortez (Secaucus, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep), with Corbett scoring and Cortez logging the first point of his collegiate career with an assist on the strike.
Catholic nearly added to its lead early in the second half, but sophomore Andrew Ferrier (Bayonne, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) saved a ball off the line to keep Scranton within a goal.
The Royals spent the remainder of the contest chasing the equalizer and thought they had it, but a tough offside call negated a potential tying goal in the 57th minute. Scranton attempted four shots in the second half, but were only able to place one of those shots on goal.
The Cardinals held a 20-6 advantage in shots for the game and had an 8-3 edge in corner kicks.
Scranton will look to get back into the win column Wednesday evening in a non-conference game at Wilkes set to kickoff at 7 p.m.