SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's soccer team (7-4-2) battled to a scoreless draw with the Ursinus Bears (4-6-2) in the team's final non-conference match of the season on Tuesday night at Weiss Field in Scranton.
This marked the first meeting between the programs since 2013.
The Royals threatened with a few chances in the first 10 plus minutes of the game, but Ursinus goalie Tyler Lewin made a pair of saves on attempts from seniors Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) and Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville). Perhaps the best chance for Scranton came in the 26th minute as Roberts received a feed in the box and slid a shot just wide of the net. Head coach Matt Pivirotto's squad held a 9-2 edge in shots over the opening 45 minutes.
Scranton continued to threaten in the early stages of the second half and Lewin made a save on shot from senior Riley Smith (New Hope, Pa./New Hope Solebury) in front of the net in the 63rd minute. Both teams had chances in the final minute of regulation as senior Justin Hammert's (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) shot sailed just above the crossbar and sophomore Jake Hodlofski (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) made a key save on the other end on an attempt from the Bears' Alexis Ayala.
The hosts held a 5-1 shot advantage in the two overtime periods and nearly found the game-winner in the waning seconds as sophomore Michael Castaldi (Media, Pa./Malvern Prep) ripped a shot from the far side of the box.
The Royals held a 20-6 shot advantage in the contest led by five shots apiece from Donnelly and Roberts.
Hodlofski made three saves in net to register his second consecutive shutout and his fourth of the season, while Lewin tallied nine saves for the Bears.
Scranton is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 19 when they hit the road to battle Elizabethtown in a key Landmark Conference match. Opening kick is set for 1 p.m.