|Jake Hodlofski||Christian Arcos||Michael Donnelly|
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's soccer team (8-4-2, 3-1 Landmark) held off a late Elizabethtown rally in a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays (9-4-1, 3-1 Landmark) on Saturday afternoon at Ira R. Herr Field in Elizabethtown.
The Blue Jays were ranked No. 7 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Mid-Atlantic Region poll.
Scranton currently sits in second place in the Landmark Conference with three conference games remaining.
The Royals had a couple of chances in the early stages of the first half, but a shot from senior Justin Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) went just wide and the Blue Jays' Kevin Del Cid made a save on an attempt from senior Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy). Freshman Christian Arcos (Bayonne, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) opened the scoring in the 36th minute as he found the back of the net with his team-leading sixth goal of the season to give Scranton a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Jake Hodlofski (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) made a pair of saves for the Royals in the opening half.
Hodlofski registered a big save in the 53rd minute on a shot from Elizabethtown's JD Haaf and Donnelly extended the lead to 2-0 minutes later on a feed from Hammert. The goal was Donnelly's fourth of the season. The Blue Jays got on the board in the 82nd minute with a penalty kick goal from Connor Rathsam to cut the lead to 2-1. Haaf had a chance with a free kick from 25 yards out in the 90th minute, but his shot sailed high and the Royals held on for the 2-1 victory.
Elizabethtown held a slight 11-8 shot advantage and Arcos, Hammert and Donnelly had two shots apiece to pace Scranton. Hodlofski made four saves in net for the Royals, while Del Cid had two saves for the Blue Jays.
The Royals hit the road to battle Drew in a Landmark Conference tilt on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.