Men's Soccer Rallies To Down McDaniel, Improve To 2-0
Giving up a goal less than three minutes into the game didn't stop The University of Scranton men's soccer team from building on its season-opening victory on Friday night. The Royals rallied for a pair of goals and shut down McDaniel the rest of the way for a 2-1 victory at Fitzpatrick Field on Saturday afternoon in the Royals/Monarch Classic.
The Royals got goals from senior forward Matthew Salvatore (Howell, N.J./Howell) and senior midfielder Patrick M. Daley (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute), and junior defender Stephen Kilty (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) had two assists as Scranton improved to 2-0 for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
After McDaniel (1-1) struck 2:27 into the game on an unassisted goal by sophomore defender Richard Forka (Silver Spring, Md./John F. Kennedy), Scranton held off a strong push by the Green Terror over the next seven minutes before swinging the momentum.
The Royals drew even when Salvatore used his head to redirect a free kick by Kilty into the far corner at the 19:31 mark. Scranton kept the pressure on for the remainder of the half, outshooting McDaniel, 14-4, but settling for a 1-1 tie at the break.
The Royals took the lead in the 64th minute, again on a free kick by Kilty. He lofted a ball from the right midfield area to the far post, where sophomore midfielder Rich Loeffler (Matawan, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) sent a header across the goalmouth perfectly to Daley, whose header found the back of the net.
Scranton held McDaniel at bay the remainder of the game and finished with a 23-12 advantage in shots and a 10-1 edge in corner kicks.
The goals by Salvatore and Daley were their first of the season, as were the assists by Kilty and Loeffler.
In the other game of the Royals/Monarch Classic on Saturday, King's defeated Farmingdale State, 6-1, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. In Friday's action in the Classic, Scranton defeated Farmingdale State, 4-0, while McDaniel handed King's a 4-1 setback.
Scranton is back in action on Friday, Sept. 7, when Marietta comes to Fitzpatrick Field for a 7 p.m. match.