Men's Soccer Rallies For 2-2 Tie Against Elizabethtown In Season Opener
The University of Scranton men's soccer team twice rallied from one-goal deficits, including late in regulation, to forge a 2-2 tie against Elizabethtown College in double overtime in the season opener for both teams at Fitzpatrick Field on Friday afternoon in the King's/Scranton Classic.
Freshman defender Patrick Codispoti (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) scored his first career goal with 3:15 left in regulation to tie it for the Royals. His header off a corner kick by junior defender Tom O'Connor (Great River, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) kept Scranton unbeaten in its last nine home openers. The Royals haven't lost a home opener since Sept. 1, 2004, going 6-0-3 since that 3-0 loss to Susquehanna.
Scranton was forced to overcome a 1-0 deficit just less than 30 minutes into the match after a throw-in by Elizabethtown senior defender Kyle Volk (Bear, Del./St. Elizabeth) tipped off a Scranton defender and into the net for a 1-0 Blue Jays lead.
The Royals answered 3:55 before halftime on a well-executed set piece. A direct kick by freshman defender Tim DiBesciglie (Mine Hill, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) into the box was headed by junior forward Nick Paganelli (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Preparatory) perfectly to the goalmouth, where senior forward John Spadaro (Stony Point, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) then headed it over the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper to tie the match.
The game remained knotted at a goal apiece until Elizabethtown senior forward Luis Devia (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley) tapped in a rebound of a shot by junior defender David Boretti (Garmisch, N.J./Archbishop Spalding).
The Royals outshot Elizabethtown, 32-13, but Blue Jays sophomore goalie Rodrigo Barrera (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Avanco) made 11 saves. Senior midfielder Bill McGuiness (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) led the Royals with seven shots, and fellow senior midfielder Colin McFadden (Ventnor City, N.J./St. Augustine Prep) was next with five.
The Royals are back in action on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field when they host Cabrini College in the final match of the King's/Scranton Classic. Cabrini tied King's College, 0-0, on Friday afternoon.