MADISON, N.J. – The University of Scranton men’s soccer team twice rallied from one-goal deficits to pick up a crucial point with a 2-2 draw in double overtime against Drew University in a Landmark Conference match at Rangers Stadium.
The draw leaves Scranton (9-2-4, 2-2-1 Landmark) in a tie for fourth place with Juniata with seven points, one point ahead of Drew (9-4-4, 1-2-3 Landmark). The top four teams advance to the Landmark playoffs. Scranton has two Landmark matches remaining.
Scranton received goals from freshman midfielder Michael Bergen (Newtown, Pa./The Pennington School) and sophomore midfielder Michael Romano (Freehold, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy).
Bergen’s goal came at the 27:26 mark and was less than two minutes after Drew had taken a 1-0 lead. Bergen was in the right spot at the right time as he collected a rebound after a shot by junior forward Kevin Kozic (Raritan, N.J./Immaculata) for his first career goal. Kozic was credited with his second assist of the season.
Drew retook the lead in the 37th minute and held it through halftime before Romano scored his second goal of the season in the 55th minute when he dribbled past a defender and beat the goalkeeper to knot the match at 2.
Scranton held an 18-8 advantage in shots and 11-5 in corner kicks. Twelve different Royals had at least one shot, led by Romano’s team-high three. Freshman goalkeeper Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) made three saves, including one in the first overtime period.
The Royals will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 30, when they host Merchant Marine Academy in a crucial Landmark Conference match at 7:30 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field. The Mariners are currently in third place in the conference with 10 points. They have four Landmark matches remaining, including a key match at home against Juniata on Sunday, Oct. 27.
Scranton has one match remaining after Wednesday’s against Merchant Marine. They host Catholic in the regular season finale at Fitzpatrick Field on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 3:30 p.m.