DALLAS, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's soccer team (3-0-1) held off a late rally from Misericordia (1-2-2) over the final 10 minutes and captured a 2-1 victory over the Cougars on Tuesday night at Mangelsdorf Field in Dallas.
Misericordia scored in the 83rd minute to cut the lead to 2-1 and had a couple of opportunities over the final seven minutes including a shot from Connor McCarthy that sailed wide in the 90th minute, but the Royals held on for the win.
Scranton had a series of chances in the first half and broke through in the 42nd minute as sophomore Terrence Quin (Stony Point, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep) played a ball into the box that took a bounce off a couple Misericordia defenders and right to the feet of classmate Andrew Luchansky (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) who fired a shot home to make it a 1-0 game. The goal was the first of Luchansky's career. Seconds before halftime, senior Justin Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) nearly added to the lead with a header, but Cougars goalie Patrick Hoffman made the save. The Royals held a 10-2 shot advantage over the opening 45 minutes.
In the first minute of the second half, senior Riley Smith (New Hope, Pa./New Hope Solebury) played a ball from the left sideline into the box and found classmate Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) who beat Hoffman with his third goal of the season to stretch the lead to 2-0. Smith had a header in the 52nd minute that a Misericordia player cleared away off the goal line and kept it a 2-0 game. Thomas Vaccara's goal in the 83rd minute put the Cougars on the board and cut the lead in half.
The Royals outshot Misericordia by a 20-6 margin including a 9-2 edge in shots on goal. Roberts paced the visitors with seven shots, while senior Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) registered four shots and Hammert had three.
Sophomore Jake Hodlofski (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) and senior Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) each played a half in net for Scranton with Hodlofski making one save in the first half. Hoffman had six saves on the night for the Cougars.
Scranton returns home to host No. 12 Franklin & Marshall on Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field. Opening kick is set for 4 p.m.