BY ERIC HURD
Leadership from the core members of last year’s elite eight team continues to be the answer for The University’s men’s soccer team.
After earning a 2-1 double overtime victory at Johns Hopkins University on Saturday, the Royals defeated Misericordia University 1-0 under the lights in Dallas, Pa., on Tuesday for their fourth victory of the season.
After a scoreless first half Saturday, senior forward Nick Paganelli gave the Royals a 1-0 in the 72th minute off of a pass from junior midfielder Rich Loeffler. Less than a minute later, Johns Hopkins tied the game up with a goal from first-year midfielder David Adejunmobi.
However, the setback was not be an issue for the team. Senior midfielder Bill McGuiness sealed the deal late in the second overtime with a shot from 15 yards out to give the Royals 2-1 victory.
McGuiness was not done yet. After another scoreless first half against Misericorida, the Royals took a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute off an unassisted game-winning goal by McGuiness.
McGuiness has scored one goal in each of the last five matches and has six total on the young season.
First-year goalkeeper Eric Hintz continued to put in strong performances this season. He only allowed one goal in five shots on goal over these two games.
These victories brought the Royals’ winning streak to four straight wins, with three of those victories coming on the road.
The Royals (4-0-2) will look to continue their winning ways at Albright College (4-2-0) on Saturday before returning to Fitzpatrick Field to play Juniata College (5-1-1) Sept.
28 for the first conference game of the season.
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