Bracken, McKenna Lead Men's Soccer Past Juniata on Senior Day

Senior Michael McKenna scored the first goal of his career in the Royals' win on Saturday.
Senior Michael McKenna scored the first goal of his career in the Royals' win on Saturday.

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Seniors Kieran Bracken (Stamford, Conn./South Kent) and Michael McKenna (Berkeley Heights, N.J./Governor Livingston) scored goals to lift The University of Scranton men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Juniata on Senior Day on Saturday at Weiss Field.

The Royals (6-8-2, 4-3-0 Landmark) finished in a tie for fourth place in the Landmark Conference with Moravian, but lost the tiebreaker do to a 2-1 loss to the Greyhounds earlier this season.

After a scoreless first half, Bracken opened the scoring in the 50th minute when he knocked home a short cross from junior midfielder Justin Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep). It was Bracken's second goal of the season and Hammert's second assist.

McKenna doubled Scranton's advantage in the 76th minute with his first career goal. It was a similar play to the Royals' first goal, as junior forward Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) got free on the left side of the box and sent a short cross to McKenna, who converted to seal the victory. Roberts picked up his team-leading sixth assist of the season.

Scranton controlled the run of play most of the afternoon, finishing with an 18-4 advantage in shots and 12-2 in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Jake Hodlofski (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) saved both shots he faced for his third shutout of the season.

The Royals finished the season on a three-game winning streak, all against Landmark Conference foes.

Prior to kickoff, The University of Scranton honored the Royals' three seniors – Bracken, McKenna and forward Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy).