Men’s Soccer Secures Home Win

By Weston Camillone – Staff Writer

The University of Scranton men’s soccer tallies the shots taken in the offensive zone to finally be granted a penalty kick for what was to be the only goal scored in the contest, which resulted in a Royal victory Sept. 26 at Weiss Field.

Scranton forward Ciaran Corr has nobody in front of him but Keystone College goaltender, Dominic Weber. This is the best chance for Scranton to score. Corr backs up, waits, and without a doubt finds the net in the 61st minute of play. The whole team rushes on the field in excitement, surrounding Corr in joy.

There would be many chances for both sides to score but the contest ended in a non-conference win for the Royals against the Keystone Giants 1-0. Corr commented on his goal.

“At the end of the day you’re just kicking a ball, so walking up you just got to focus on yourself and not the external factors and just try and kick the ball in the net, that’s all you got to do,” Corr said.

Corr would have four shots during the contest including a deflected shot that would hit off the crossbar just minutes before he would take a penalty kick. The whole team rallied 20 shots with eight of them being on goal.

Scranton’s defense allowed four shots for Keystone and three of them to all be saved by goaltender Charlie Smith in the shutout victory. Scranton had many chances to convert a goal early in the contest, however, Keystone’s defense stood up to the heavy total of shots and blocked multiple chances and opportunities.

First-year student Drew Paxson was stepping up to the box for a scoring opportunity when he was fouled by a Keystone defender. The foul resulted in a penalty kick which then resulted in the lone goal for Scranton.

Scranton has set goals for what they want to accomplish this year. They are undefeated at home this season and hope to make it to the Landmark Championship.

“Since the beginning of the year we wanted to set our goals high and we want to make a run in the NCAA tournament, but first we got to get there so we’re not going to see past that,” Corr said.

The Royals will look to achieve their goals but focus on the task that is ahead of them and take their season game by game which has proven successful.