Barrett Helps Royals Rally For 3-1 Victory Over Susquehanna on Saturday
The University of Scranton men's soccer team turned the tide on an early one-goal deficit and sophomore midfielder Brandon Barrett (Hazlet, N.J./Hazlet) had a goal and an assist as the Royals posted a 3-1 victory over Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference match at Fitzpatrick Field on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 1-0, the Royals (4-5-3, 1-1 Landmark) scored twice before halftime and added an insurance goal midway through the second half to pick up their first conference win of the season. Sophomore midfielders Jimmy Peeler (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) and Paul Trisuzzi (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany) also scored in the victory.
After Susquehanna (5-6, 1-2 Landmark) took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute on a goal by sophomore forward Andrew Hayes (Hoboken, N.J./St. Peter's Prep), Scranton answered 20 minutes later. Barrett took a feed from sophomore midfielder Stephen Kilty (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) and buried a shot from 14-yards out to tie the score. The goal was the first of Barrett's career. The assist was Kilty's first career assist.
The Royals took the lead just five minutes later when Peeler connected from 12 yards out on a cross from Barrett. The goal was Peeler's second of the season and second of his career. The assist was also the first of Barrett's career.
Scranton found the insurance goal in the 65th minute when Trisuzzi converted on a scramble in front of the goal after a pass from junior midfielder Bill McGuinness (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West). The goal was the first of the season and third career goal for Trisuzzi. McGuiness picked up his second assist on the season and fifth of his career.
Junior goalie James Dillon (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) stopped five shots in the victory, including four in the second half. The Royals outshot the Crusaders, 17-13.
The Royals have now allowed just one goal in each of their last five contests.
The victory was just the third for Scranton in the last 10 meetings between the schools. The Royals lead the all-time series, 26-8-2.
Scranton returns to action Wednesday when they host Swarthmore in a non-conference match at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.