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Penalty Kick Goals Prove Costly as Men's Soccer Falls to Ursinus, 3-2

Photo by: Timothy R. Dougherty / Double Eagle Photography
Photo by: Timothy R. Dougherty / Double Eagle Photography

SCRANTON, Pa. – Ursinus scored all three goals on penalty kicks and The University of Scranton men's soccer team (7-5-1) dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to the Bears (3-7-2) in a non-conference match on Tuesday night at Weiss Field in Scranton.

The Bears got on the board in the 37th minute as Colin Deal slotted home the first PK goal of the night for the visitors to make it 1-0 for the time being. However, Scranton answered just over three minutes later as senior Kieran Francis (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey) blasted a shot home immediately following a corner kick by sophomore Adam Havens (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) to even things at one.

The goal was Francis' second of the season and things remained deadlocked at one at the half despite a couple of late opportunities from the Royals.

In the 54th minute, Ursinus took a 2-1 lead as Royals' senior goalie Aidan Hartey (Elkins Park, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) came out towards the edge of the box to play the ball, but the Bears were awarded their second PK of the night after a foul was called. From there, Scranton nearly found an equalizer in the 60th minute as Ursinus goalie Kirk Ransome made consecutive saves on sophomore Ciaran Corr (Newtown Square, Pa./Marple Newtown) and junior Anthony Rizzi (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) just in front of the goal. Ursinus extended the lead to 3-1 with a penalty kick goalie by Aidan O'Malley in the 75th minute, but Corr brought the Royals back within one in the 81st minute as he corralled a loose ball in the box and fired home his team-leading eighth goal of the season. 

Scranton held a 19-5 shot advantage in the contest led by four apiece from Corr and Rizzi. Hartey played all 90 minutes in goal for the hosts, while Ransome made six saves for the Bears.

The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Saturday at Moravian in a key Landmark Conference clash. Start time is slated for 1 p.m.