|Michael Donnelly||Jake Hodlofski||Jon Roberts|
HAVERFORD, Pa. – A late Haverford goal proved costly as The University of Scranton men's soccer team (6-4-1) dropped a 1-0 decision to the Fords (5-3-3) on Tuesday afternoon at Walton Field in Haverford.
The tough loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Royals.
In the 73rd minute, Haverford's Nick Jannelli brought the ball down the left sideline and delivered a ball into the box where Paul-Andre Coulibaly was able to beat the diving Royals keeper Jake Hodlofski (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep).
The two teams battled through a scoreless opening 45 minutes with each side recording a few scoring chances. In the 25th minute, senior Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) sent a corner kick into the box, but a shot from freshman Logan Cattie went just high as the game remained scoreless. Coulibaly hit the post in the 38th minute and a header from the Royals' Nick Kapelewski (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) was denied by Haverford goalie Michael Iacono in the 40th minute. Scranton held a slight 5-4 shot advantage in the first half.
Each goalie made a couple of saves in the second half before a shot from Janelli went wide in the 72nd minute and his play a minute later gave Haverford the 1-0 advantage. Roberts' attempt on a free kick sailed just high in the 75th minute and Iacono was able to make the save on a header from Roberts in the 82nd minute.
The Fords held a 15-9 shot advantage, while the Royals held a 5-3 edge in shots on target. Senior Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) paced Scranton with three shots on the afternoon.
Hodlofski tallied three saves in net for the Royals, while Iacono had five saves for Haverford.
Scranton returns home to host Moravian in a key Landmark Conference battle on Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field. Opening kick is set for 1 p.m.