|Jake Hodlofski||Brendan King||Jon Roberts|
ASTON, Pa. – Sophomore goalie Jake Hodlofski (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) made a career-high 10 saves and The University of Scranton men's soccer team (2-0-1) battled the Neumann Knights (1-2-1) to a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon at Neumann.
It was the second ever meeting between the two programs with the previous meeting coming during the 2014 season.
The game was a back-and-forth affair as the Royals held a slight 19-18 edge in shots. Hodlofski's 10 saves on the afternoon eclipsed his previous career-high of eight that had been set in a 3-0 win over Drew on Oct. 17, 2018.
Scranton opened the scoring in the 15th minute as freshman Brendan King (Hempfield, Pa./Manheim) collected a loose ball in the box and beat Neumann keeper Seth Walker to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The goal was King's first of his young career.
Both teams had their chances over the remainder of the first half including a shot from Scranton's Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) that hit the crossbar in the 33rd minute, but the Royals would take the 1-0 edge into the locker room. The two sides registered seven shots apiece over the opening 45 minutes of the contest.
Neumann started the second half in search of the tying goal and struck in the 55th minute on a Daniel Rivas shot to tie things at one apiece. Scranton outshot the Knights by an 8-5 margin in the second half, but were unable to find the go-ahead goal and the Royals went to overtime for the second time in three contests on the young season.
The two teams had a pair of corner kicks apiece in the first overtime period, but the game remained deadlocked at one. Hodlofski and Walker traded key saves in the early stages of the second overtime as Walker made a saved on Roberts' shot and less than a minute later, Hodlofski denied the Knights' Brady Simon.
Roberts paced the Royals with six shots, while freshman Christian Arcos (Bayonne, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) tallied four. Gavin Ford's six shots led the way for Neumann.
Scranton returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Misericordia with opening kick set for 7 p.m.