BETHLEHEM, Pa. – For the fifth time this season, The University of Scranton men's soccer team wound up on the wrong side of a one-goal game as host Moravian edged the Royals 2-1 in a Landmark Conference battle on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) scored for Scranton (3-6-2, 1-2 Landmark) which doubled up the Greyhounds in shots, 18-9, in the loss.
In its last two games, Scranton has outshot its opponents 49-17, but dropped one-goal decisions in both matches.
All of the scoring in Saturday's match came in a span of just 7:45 in the first half.
Moravian (6-3-2, 3-0 Landmark) took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute with a headed goal off of a corner kick, but Roberts equalized in the 18th minute. The junior collected a cross from sophomore Jarred Corbett (Wenonah, N.J. / St, Augustine Prep), and used a great first touch to elude his defender before slotting a shot into the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Corbett picked up his first assist of the season on the play.
Moravian reclaimed the lead in the 20th minute as Jared Stafford finished of a centering feed to give the hosts a 2-1 edge.
Scranton dominated in terms of chances in the second half, outshooting the Greyhounds 11-3 to go along with a 4-0 lead in corner kicks in the final 45 minutes of play, but were unable to knot the score back up.
In a late push, the Royals had three shots blocked in the final two minutes of the contest and also had a pair of corner kick chances in the final three minutes of the regulation, but the Greyhounds held on for the victory.
Junior goalkeeper Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) made two saves on the afternoon for Scranton while senior Michael McKenna (Berkeley Heights, N.J./Governor Livingston) led all players with four shots, including three on goal, in the setback.
In addition to its nine-shot advantage for the game, the Royals had seven shots on goal to four for Moravian while also generating seven corner kick opportunities to three for the Greyhounds.
Scranton returns home on Tuesday night as the Royals host Dickinson in their final non-conference game of the regular season. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Weiss Field.