Published: November 6, 2015
The University’s men’s soccer team advanced to the Landmark Conference Finals after beating Susquehanna 2-0 Tuesday night.
The team was led by sophomores A.J. Nardone and Connor Casey who scored Scranton’s two goals. Nardone scored the first goal in the 55th minute, thanks to an assist from junior Michael Romano.
The score gave the Royals the momentum. From that point on, Scranton was firmly in control of the game.
Scranton had a slight edge in shots with an 8-7 advantage, and junior goalkeeper Eric Hintz prevented any shots from going in.
Tuesday was not the only meeting of the season between Scranton and Susquehanna. The two teams competed in a game that ultimately resulted in a 1-1 double overtime tie on Sept. 26. The game obviously did not determine a clear winner, and the non-decisive finish left the Royals eager for another opportunity.
Prior to the game, junior Tim DiBisceglie said the way the team finished the season would play a big role in the game against Susquehanna.
“I think in our last few games we finished very strong. We’ve played very well defensively. We expect our momentum to carry on during the playoffs,” DiBisceglie said.
DiBisceglie also noted the momentum the team had going into the postseason was a result of the way the team played during the latter half of the season.
“We just need to keep playing the way we’ve been playing. We’ve just been listening to what our coaches have been telling us to do. We’ve simplified things and we’ve been playing smart. We need to carry the confidence into the playoffs.”
DiBisceglie also noted the team was confident going into the game against Susquehanna.
“We know we can beat Susquehanna,” DiBisceglie said. “We’re familiar with them and we know them pretty well.”
The familiarity certainly played a big part in the team’s victory. Playing against a conference rival also helped spark the team. DiBisceglie said the entire team was clamoring for another opportunity to face their rival.
“I really think playing a rival will make us more competitive. We wanted to face them and we knew there was a good chance we would play them. We tied them earlier on in the season, and now that we have a chance to redeem ourselves, we’re really biting at the chomps to beat this team. We know we can,” DiBisceglie said.
The victory against Susquehanna served as a nice dose of closure for the men’s soccer team.
The team will look to finish the season the best possible way, as they face Elizabethtown Saturday in the Landmark Conference Championship game at 6 p.m. This is the first time the Royals have advanced to the Landmark Conference Finals since 2012.
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