SCRANTON - Freshman Christian Arcos (Bayonne, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) scored early in the second half to cut the Catholic lead in half, but that was the only goal The University of Scranton men's soccer team would score on the day, as the Royals dropped a 2-1 decision to the visiting Cardinals on Saturday at Weiss Field.
With the loss, Scranton fell to 4-3-1 overall and 0-1 in the Landmark Conference, while Catholic improved to 8-1-1 and 1-0 in the Landmark with the win.
To start the contest, Scranton had the first good chance of the match early off a steal, but a shot sailed wide and away from the net. From that point on, however, Catholic took control of possession for the rest of the half.
Things came to a head in the 38th minute, as Scranton was called on a foul in the Catholic box, setting up a penalty kick. The Cardinals were successful on the attempt, giving themselves a 1-0 lead in the process with seven minutes and change left in the first half.
Three minutes later, the Cardinals scored again off a corner kick to go into halftime with all the momentum and a 2-0 edge over Scranton.
But, the Royals came out hot to start the second half. With possession, Scranton lined up for a throw-in with two minutes into the period, which Arcos played. He proceeded to male a move toward the goal, and successfully put a shot into the right corner of the net to slice the Catholic lead in half.
The goal was the third of the year for Arcos and gave Scranton the rest of the half to get the tying goal.
For the remainder of the game, Scranton controlled possession, as they took 10 total shots in the final 45 minutes (compared to just five for Catholic). Unfortunately for the Royals, Arcos' strike was the only one of the frame to find the back of the net, as the one-goal lead held for Catholic for the remainder of play.
At the end of the match, the Royals had one final chance, but a free-kick by Arcos sailed right, extinguishing the final scoring opportunity of the day for Scranton and giving Catholic the one-score win.
Overall, Scranton outshot Catholic in the defeat by a slim, 14-13 margin, while the Cardinals held a 6-3 edge on corner kicks. In goal, sophomore Jake Hodlofski (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) kept the Royals in the match all game, making four saves on the day.
The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Wednesday, as they begin a three-match road trip at Arcadia. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.