SCRANTON, Penn. -- Four second half goals by the University of Scranton (2-0) spoiled the SUNY Potsdam men’s soccer team’s season opener as the Royals blanked the Bears 4-0.
After a scoreless first half that saw Potsdam sophomore goalkeeper Joseph Glackin (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) turn aside four shots, Scranton’s offense broke loose in the final 45 minutes.
Royal forward Michael Drew opened the scoring just over six minutes into the second half, heading in the ball off a direct kick. In the 74th minute, Royal defender Patrick Daley capitalized after being awarded a penalty kick to give Scranton a 2-0 lead.
The Royals tacked on the final two goals in the 80th and 86th minutes on strikes from forward Brian Spiegelhoff and midfielder Bill McGuiness to complete the 4-0 win.
Glackin made nine more saves in the second half for a total of 13, while Scranton goalie Brandon Dombrowski stopped four shots to record the shutout.
Despite the final score, Potsdam Head Coach Adam Parker wasn’t disappointed with the effort from his team.
“Our guys battled all game and played well in the first half, but the pressure from Scranton was constant and their playmakers finally wore us down,” said Parker after his Bears coaching debut.
Potsdam (0-1) looks to bounce back tomorrow Sept. 5, when the Bears travel to King’s College (1-0) in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for a 1 p.m. contest with the Monarchs.