UNFORTUNATE FIRST LANDMARK CONFERENCE LOSS FOR THE BLUE JAYS

The Scranton Royals dealt the Elizabethtown Blue Jays men’s soccer team their first conference loss of the season, brining an end to the Blue Jays three-win streak with a three-win streak of their own. Following the game, the Blue Jays record stands at 9-4-1 overall and 3-1-0 for conference games, while the Royals record stands at 8-4-2 overall and 3-1-0 for conference games.

For the first 13 or so minutes of the game neither team appeared dominant, as aside from the fact that no goals were scored, the pace of the game was fairly back and forth, neither team seemed to be applying more pressure than the other. The game played out as a match of endurance, or arguably a war of attrition. After about 15 minutes the possession of the ball appeared to be changing less frequently, this being said no team really stood out, instead the pace of the game just seemed to change a bit.

The aforementioned change of pace soon changed to what seemed like the Blue Jays favor, as they appeared to be maintaining possession of the ball and applying significant pressure on the Royals defense. Approximately 25 minutes into the game there was a penalty kick quickly followed by a corner kick. The Blue Jays still seemed to be putting a significant amount of pressure on the Royals until about 31 minutes in where the Royals began to apply more pressure to Blue Jays loosening their foothold. Less than 10 minutes remained in the first half when Christian Acros, freshman scored the first goal of the game for the Royals. The remainder of the first half was relatively uneventful.

The second half started out similarly to the first, but just over 15 minutes in Blake Hammert, senior managed to score the Royals’ second goal.

Conner Rathsam, senior managed to score the Blue Jays’ first goal via a penalty kick with less than 10 minutes remaining, however the Blue Jays were unable to tie up the game.

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