Big Second Half Lifts Scranton Past Moravian, 4-0
The University of Scranton men's soccer team struck for four second-half goals to post a 4-0 victory over Moravian College and keep their Landmark Conference playoff hopes alive on Tuesday evening at Fitzpatrick Field.
The Royals (5-7-3, 2-2-1 Landmark Conference) received goals from senior forward Nick Glavan (East Northport, N.Y./St. Anthony's), senior midfielder Joseph Burbella (Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg), sophomore midfielder Brandon Barrett (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) and freshman defender Ryan Beaudoin (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) in the victory.
The win edges Scranton past Goucher for fifth place in the conference standings with seven points (two wins, one tie). The Royals are two points behind Susquehanna and Drew, who are tied for third place and currently hold the final two playoff spots with nine points apiece. All three teams have two conference matches remaining. The top four teams make the Landmark Conference playoffs.
Tuesday night's game was scoreless at halftime despite Scranton's 17-0 advantage in shots. It didn't take long for the Royals to break through in the second half when Glavan tapped in a shot when junior midfielder Patrick Daley (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) beat the Moravian keeper with a pass to the front of the net less than a minute after the break. The goal was Glavan's second of the season while Daley picked up his first assist.
Barrett put Scranton ahead, 2-0, when he converted a pass from freshman forward Kevin Kozic (Raritan, N.J./Immaculata) at the 69:29 mark of the second half. It was Barrett's second goal of the season and Kozic's second assist. Burbella added his team-leading fourth goal of the season 11 minutes later on when he scored after a perfect through ball from junior midfielder Bill McGuinness (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West), who picked up his team-best third assist.
Beaudoin capped the scoring with his first career goal at the 87:41 mark when he buried a rebound on a shot by freshman defender Mark Stellwag (Newburgh, N.Y./Newburgh Free Academy), who earned his first career assist on the play.
The Royals enjoyed a 37-2 advantage in shots, but Moravian goalie Mike Brand (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) made 15 saves to keep the Greyhounds (3-12, 0-5 Landmark) close until late in the game.
Scranton now leads the all-time series between the schools, 22-16-3, including three wins in the last four matchups. The shutout victory was the first of the season for the Royals.
Scranton returns to action on Saturday, October 22, for Senior Day when Catholic University comes to Fitzpatrick Field for a Landmark Conference match at 1 p.m.