SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's soccer team (3-1-1) battled for all 90 minutes, but dropped a hard fought 1-0 contest to the No. 12 Franklin & Marshall Diplomats (4-1) on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field in Scranton.
This marked the first meeting between the two sides since 2009.
Franklin & Marshall came out strong and had three corner kick opportunities in the first 10 plus minutes of the game, but the Royals defense held strong and sophomore goalie Jake Hodlofski (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) made a save on a shot from the Diplomats' Jack Brandt. Scranton nearly took the lead in the 15th minute when senior Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) played a ball into the box, but a header from classmate Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) rolled just wide. A couple of minutes later, junior Riley Smith (New Hope, Pa./New Hope Solebury) had his shot attempt saved by Franklin & Marshall goalie Christopher Amoruso. The Diplomats broke through in the 20th minute as Carl Friedrich curled a free kick from 30 yards out into the upper 90 of the net to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Scranton held a slight 4-3 shot advantage in the opening 45 minutes.
Hodlofski made a couple of saves in the early stages of the second half to keep it a 1-0 game. The Royals had a few chances over the final 45 minutes of the contest including a shot from Roberts that Amoruso stopped in the 86th minute, but were unable to find the tying goal.
The Diplomats held a 9-6 advantage in shots, while both teams managed four shots on goal apiece. Roberts tallied a pair of shots to pace Scranton. Hodlofski registered three saves in the contest for the Royals and Amoruso had four saves for the visitors.
The Royals will have a week off before hitting the road to battle Alvernia on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.