WILKES-BARRE, PA (September 1, 2022) -- The University of Scranton men's soccer team came up short in its season opener at nearby King's College on Thursday afternoon in a 2-1 final in McCarthy Stadium.
This marked the first matchup between the two squads since the 2019 season when Scranton earned a 2-1 overtime win over the Monarchs.
The Royals had a quality scoring opportunity in the 20th minute as sophomore Sean Quin (Stony Point, N.Y. / Albertus Magnus) ripped a shot just over the crossbar. Less than a minute later senior Kieran Francis (Ramsey, N.J. / Ramsey) created a chance for Scranton in his first action of the game after getting subbed on. The Monarchs responded with an opportunity off a corner kick but weren't able to convert on the set piece.
King's got on the board late in the opening half on a long-range shot from Liam Yair in the 38th minute. The Monarchs held a 1-0 lead headed into the break.
Quin found an early chance to begin the second half but had his effort on goal saved by King's goalkeeper Jake Forst. Both teams exchanged blows in the second half as tensions rised with the Royals searching for an equalizer.
Following a Scranton cornerkick, the Monarchs went on the counter attack and Austin Miller was able to slip in behind the Royals' backline and place his shot past junior goalkeeper Ryan Lally (Vernon, N.J. / Vernon Township) to give King's a two goal lead with ten minutes remaining in the game.
Scranton fought hard in the final ten minutes of action an found its opening goal of the season as Quin scored off a rebound on a cornerkick to bring the Royals within one goal with just over three minutes left to play.
However, it was not enough as the Monarchs held on to defeat Scranton 2-1 in the first game of the season.
The Royals outshot King's 16-7 in the contest and held a 5-4 advantage in cornerkicks. Both sides engaged in the physical battle with a total of 34 fouls in the game.
The University of Scranton men's soccer team will return to action on Saturday when it hosts Muhlenberg College at 1:00 PM at Weiss Field.