Royals Lock Up Landmark Conference Tournament Berth With 2-1 Win At Moravian
BETHLEHEM, Pa.—Senior midfielder Bill McGuiness (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) had a goal and an assist to lift The University of Scranton men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Moravian College in Landmark Conference action Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomore forward Kevin Kozic (Raritan, NJ/Immaculata) added a goal for the Royals, now 11-0-2 overall, 5-0 in the Landmark Conference, and currently ranked 19th in the nation in the latest poll released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The win also locks up a Landmark Conference postseason tournament berth for Scranton, its first since 2009 and its fourth in the conference's six-year history.
The loss dropped Moravian to 5-9-1 overall and 0-5 in league play.
From the onset, it appeared the Royals might have an easy time. Scranton scored twice in the opening 12 minutes to open up a comfortable 2-0 lead. Kozic tapped in a ball that deflected off the post on a ball served up by McGuiness in the fourth minute and McGuiness followed moments later with his team-leading eighth goal of the year, out-juking a defender and blasting a shot into the right corner of the net.
The Greyhounds, however, settled down after the Royals' quick start and narrowed the margin to 2-1 by intermission on a goal by sophomore defender Matt Guidon (Cranford, NJ/Cranford)—his second of the season. He knocked in a loose ball after freshman defender Matt Gandy (Jamesburg, NJ/Monroe Township) headed a shot towards the goal in the 27th minute.
Scranton held a 26-10 advantage in shots and 11-3 margin in corner kicks.
In the first start of his career, sophomore goalie Josh Ryan (Dallas, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) finished with four saves for the Royals, who return to Landmark Conference action this Saturday, October 20, Catholic University in Washington, DC, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Senior Mike Brand (Hackettstown, NJ/Hackettstown) finished with a match-high 11 saves in goal for Moravian.