Elizabethtown College’s men’s soccer team lost 1-2 during their homecoming match against Scranton at the Ira R. Herr field. Elizabethtown College is celebrating the 30th anniversary of winning the 1989 Men’s Soccer NCAA National Championships.
“The ‘89 championship is important because it was the teams first,” Senior Will Connolly explained. “It drives you to get back to that winning tradition, which is something this program has begun to get back to.”
Midfielder, Christian Arcos, scored the first goal for the Scranton Royals with 9:20 left in the first period.
Royal’s forward, Michael Donnelly, scored with 29:32 left in the second period.
Forward for the Blue Jays, Connor Rathsam, scored a goal against Scranton during a penalty kick. Rathsam scored the only point for Elizabethtown with 8:51 remaining in the second period.
“I wasn’t thinking about my goal but more on how to tie the game,” Rathsam said.
Etown’s effort to tie by making another goal proved futile against Scranton’s ruthless defense. Goalie, Jake Hodlofski, blocked every shot attempted by the Blue Jays.
The Royals maintained possession of the ball while running down the clock during the final minutes of the match.
“It’s definitely frustrating, but it’s part of the game,” Connolly said.“ We would have done the same thing if we were in their shoes”
Elizabethtown’s loss against Scranton was their first defeat in the Landmark Conference thus far.
“It was a tough loss for us to swallow because it took us out of being tied for first place in the league,” Rathsam said.
Senior, J.D. Haaf is part of the Elizabethtown Men’s Soccer starting lineup. He sees the loss against the Royals as a valuable experience for his team.
Both schools are competing in the Landmark Conference, which was established in 2006. Elizabethtown Men’s Soccer team is currently ranked third in the conference, while Scranton is ranked second. Last year, the Men’s Soccer team won their first Landmark Conference Championship title.
“It was a wake up call that we aren’t as good as we want to be,” Haaf said.
Haaf is confident the team will emerge victorious.“On Tuesday we will be back against Scranton at their place and this time things will be different,” Haaf said.