Men’s Soccer Shut Down by Elizabethtown, 2-0

Men’s Soccer Shut Down by Elizabethtown, 2-0


Box Score

Visiting Elizabethtown scored a goal in each half on Saturday to post a 2-0 victory over The University of Scranton in Landmark Conference men's soccer action at Weiss Field. 

The Blue Jays, who extended their unbeaten streak to seven games, are now 5-4-3 on the season and sit atop the Landmark standings with 10 points on a 3-0-1 record in league matches.

The Royals, on the other hand, saw their playoff aspirations take a big hit after falling to 3-8-1 overall and 1-3 in conference play.  With three Landmark matches remaining, Scranton has three points in the conference standings and sit six points behind Catholic, Drew, and Moravian, who currently occupy the final three playoff spots with identical, 3-1 records.  Goucher is in fifth place with six points.

In Saturday's match, Elizabethtown took a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute as Gilbert Waso broke free behind Scranton's backline and slotted a shot into the back of the net after running a ball headed overtop of the Royals' defense.

Waso nearly doubled the Blue Jays' lead four minutes later, but freshman goalkeeper Jake Hodlofski (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) made an outstanding save, stretching out an arm to parry a shot by Waso just over the bar.

Elizabethtown was able to put the game away in the 75th minute when Tyler Colasanto settled a long free kick inside of Scranton's penalty area before beating Hodlofski from point-blank range to double the visitor's advantage at 2-0.

Hodlofski finished with five saves in the Royals' net while sophomore Aidan Thornell (Summit, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) attempted a team-high three shots in the loss.

Senior Kieran Bracken (Stamford, Conn./South Kent) and junior Justin Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) added two shot attempts for the hosts against Elizabethtown.

The Blue Jays held a 16-11 advantage in shots for the game including a 7-2 lead in shots on goal.  The visitors also claimed a slim, 6-4 edge in corner kicks on the day.

Scranton will attempt to snap a four-game losing skid on Wednesday when it hosts Drew in a crucial Landmark Conference match starting at 7 p.m. at Weiss Field.