|Christian Arcos||Jake Hodlofski|
READING, Pa. – Freshman Christian Arcos (Bayonne, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) scored the lone goal of the game in the 27th minute and The University of Scranton men's soccer team (4-1-1) held on for a 1-0 victory over the Alvernia Golden Wolves (1-6-2) on Saturday afternoon at Alvernia Turf Field in Reading.
The Royals had a handful of chances leading up to Arcos' breakthrough including a chance from Arcos in the 19th minute and a shot from sophomore Jake Nubbemyer (Warminster, Pa./Archbishop Wood) that was sent wide in the 25th minute. Arcos curled in a shot on a free kick from about 35 yards out in the 27th minute to give the Royals the only goal they would need on the afternoon. The goal was the freshman's second of the season after he previously scored in the season opener at King's on Aug. 31. Scranton held a slight 4-3 shot advantage in the first half.
Scranton had a chance in the early stages of the second half, but Golden Wolves keeper Ben Solsky denied Michael Castaldi's (Media, Pa./Malvern Prep) shot. A strong performance from the Royals defense including a pair of saves from sophomore goalie Jake Hodlofski (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) in the final five minutes allowed the visitors to hold on for the victory. Hodlofski made a save on JP Pierdomenico's shot in the 86th minute and preserved the win with a save on Edwin Navas' chance in the final seconds.
Alvernia held a 7-5 edge in shots on the afternoon and Arcos tallied a pair of shots to pace the Royals. Hodlofski made the afore-mentioned two saves en route to recording his first shutout of the season and Solsky had three saves for the Golden Wolves. It is also the fourth shutout of Hodlofski's career.
The game was a physical affair as the two sides combined for seven yellow cards and 33 fouls in the contest.
Scranton returns home to host Wilkes in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Opening kick at Weiss Field is set for 4 p.m.