Men's Soccer Falls to Wilkes in 3-2 Heartbreaker

Senior Michael Donnelly had a team-high three shots on Wednesday. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty /
Senior Michael Donnelly had a team-high three shots on Wednesday. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty /
Michael Donnelly Jon Roberts


SCRANTON, Pa. – Wilkes' Kyle Bentz scored the game-winning goal with 9:36 left and The University of Scranton men's soccer team (4-2-1) dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to the Wilkes Colonels (4-2-2) on Wednesday afternoon at Weiss Field in Scranton.

Bentz received a one-touch pass in the box and slid a shot just past Royals keeper Anthony Cassano (Leonia, N.J./Leonia) to give the Colonels a 3-2 lead.

Scranton had tied the game in the 67th minute after senior Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) received a ball from freshman Christian Arcos (Bayonne, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) and beat the keeper to even things at two apiece. The goal was Donnelly's third of the season.

The Royals opened the scoring in the 15th minute as Donnelly found classmate Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) in the box and the latter sent a shot far post to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. The goal was Roberts' team-leading fourth of the season. Roberts nearly struck again just a few minutes later, but sent a shot just wide. Wilkes tied the game in the 25th minute with a goal from Seth Fowler and a goal from Marc Kyriakdis in the 41st minute gave the visitors a 2-1 edge heading into the locker room. Scranton held a slight 8-6 edge in shots over the opening 45 minutes.

Head coach Matt Pivirotto's squad had a flurry of chances in the early stages of the second half, but were unable to tie the game before Donnelly's afore-mentioned equalizer.

Sophomore Jake Hodlofski (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) made a pair of saves in net for the Royals as him and Cassano each played a half. Zach Tone tallied one save and got the win for Wilkes after taking over for starter Russell Rauh with just over 30 minutes to play in the contest.

The Royals held an 18-8 advantage in shots led by five from Donnelly and four apiece from Arcos and Roberts. The hosts also recorded 11 corner kicks on the afternoon.

Scranton will host Catholic in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams on Saturday, Sept. 28. Opening kick at Weiss Field is set for 1 p.m.