EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's soccer team suffered a 3-1 loss on Wednesday in a non-conference game played in soggy conditions. The Colonels (4-3-1) built a 2-0 lead early in the second half and added a late insurance goal after the Royals (2-4-2) had pulled to within a goal with 16 minutes left in regulation.
Freshman Michael Castaldi (Media, Pa./Malvern Prep) scored Scranton's lone goal off an assist from fellow freshman Andrew Luchansky (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) as the Royals saw their winless streak extend to six games.
Wilkes held a 1-0 lead at halftime courtesy of a 30th minute goal as the Colonels finished off a thru-ball into the left side of the penalty area.
After outshooting Scranton 5-2 in the opening 45 minutes of play, Wilkes doubled its lead on its first shot of the second half as a cross from the left side of the box was knocked in at the back post in the 51st minute.
Scranton battled right back into the game as Castaldi netted his second goal of the season, slotting a shot into the back of the net after Luchansky's initial effort was blocked to cut the Royals' deficit to 2-1. Castaldi's tally was his second of the season while Luchansky's assist was the first point of his collegiate career.
The visitors had several looks at a tying goal before Wilkes dashed Scranton's comeback aspirations late, icing the game with 1:48 left in on the clock.
Junior goalkeeper Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) made one save on the evening for the Royals, who had a 4-3 edge in corner kick chances for the game.
Wilkes claimed a slim, 11-10 edge in shots for the contest while both teams placed four shots on goal apiece in the match.
Scranton resumes Landmark Conference play on Saturday, welcoming Goucher to Weiss Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on a day when the Royals will celebrate the 50th season of men's soccer at Scranton.