|Christian Arcos||Mike Cortez||Jake Hodlofski|
SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's soccer team (7-4-1, 2-1 Landmark) scored two goals in the first half en route to a 2-0 win over the Moravian Greyhounds (8-4-1, 2-1 Landmark) on Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field in Scranton.
The win moves the Royals into third place in the Landmark Conference with four conference games remaining. This also marks the first win over Moravian since 2016.
Freshman Christian Arcos (Bayonne, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) got the scoring started in the ninth minute as he collected a ball just outside the top of the box and curled a shot into the left corner of the net to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. The goal was Arcos' fifth of the season, which is tied for the team lead with senior Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville). Moravian nearly found an equalizer in the 16th minute, but a shot from Anthony Nagy sailed wide. Roberts hit the post in the 25th minute, but Scranton would add to the lead in the 31st minute as sophomore Mike Cortez (Secaucus, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) got behind the defense and netted his second goal of the season with a shot to the far post to make it a 2-0 game. Head coach Matt Pivirotto's squad held a 5-3 shot advantage in the opening 45 minutes.
The Greyhounds had a quality chance in the 53rd minute, but sophomore goalie Jake Hodlofski (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) turned away an opportunity from Andrew Goodolf who came in alone on the keeper. Scranton put forth a strong defensive effort throughout the contest as they limited Moravian to five shots on goal en route to the team's fourth shutout of the year
The Royals held an 11-8 shot advantage led by four players who each registered two shots in the contest. Nagy and Ethan Blakely paced Moravian with two shots apiece.
Hodlofski tallied five saves to collect his third shutout of the season, while Michael Bone recorded five saves for the Greyhounds.
Scranton will host Ursinus in the team's final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday night. Opening kick from Weiss Field is slated for 7 p.m.