On a day when The University of Scranton men's soccer team celebrated the 50th season in the program's storied history, it was only fitting that the Royals would win as Scranton blanked Goucher, 2-0, in a Landmark Conference match at Weiss Field.
Senior Kieran Bracken (Stamford, Conn./South Kent) and junior Justin Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) scored for the Royals, who snapped a six-game winless streak while improving to 3-4-2 on the season including a 1-1 record in conference play.
Scranton took a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute as sophomore Aidan Thornell (Summit, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) made a long run with the ball and cutting across the top of the box before being fouled 20 yard from goal. Bracken stepped up and scored on the free kick to put the hosts ahead with his first goal of the season.
Despite holding the majority of possession and chances in the game, the Royals weren't able to seal the victory until the 74th minute when junior Nick Kapelewski (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) sent a cross in from the right side for Hammert to finish for his third goal of the season as Scranton claimed the 2-0 advantage.
Junior goalkeeper Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) was not forced to make a save in his first solo shutout of the season as the Royals' stingy defense allowed just one shot, which was off target, in the contest.
The hosts dominated statistically in the contest with a 12-1 advantage in shots and a 9-1 cushion in corner kicks.
The Gophers fell to 1-8-1 (0-2 Landmark) on the season with the loss.
Scranton returns to the pitch on Tuesday with a non-conference game at Centenary. Kickoff between the Royals and Cyclones is set for 4 p.m. in Hackettstown, N.J.