SELINSGROVE, Pa. – CUA's string of four consecutive appearances in the Landmark Conference championship came to an end on Saturday when the Cardinals dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Scranton in the conference semifinals. The Royals jumped out to a 1-0 lead before CUA tied things in the 79th minute, but Scranton netted the game-winner seven minutes later.
CUA's Hunter Horvath had an early chance to put the Cards in front, but his header was high at the 12:39 mark.
Two minutes later, Earl Hamilton's shot was also high, keeping things scoreless.
The Cardinals were then awarded a corner kick at the 18:20 mark, but were unable to get off a shot.
Scranton's Bill McGuiness took the final attempt of the opening half, which went wide.
Early in the second, the Royals' Michael Dorney looked to get on the board, but CUA's Torsten Meuschke was there for the save.
At the 65:02 mark, Scranton took the lead when Kevin Kozic scored off an assist from Nate Doyle to make it 1-0.
With plenty of time remaining, CUA stuck with what got it to this point, and was rewarded when Ian Smith booted in a free kick at the 78:57 mark to tie things at one.
With under 10 minutes remaining, Scranton re-took the lead when Kozic netted his second goal of the day on a breakaway to make it 2-1. McGuiness assisted on the score.
Hamilton had a chance to tie the score at the 86:38 mark for CUA, but his attempt was stopped by James Dillon.
Soon after, CUA was awarded a corner kick, but the Cardinals could not get off a shot.
Scranton outshot the Cardinals 11-5 on the day, while CUA finished with a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Meuschke stopped three shots for the Cards, while Dillon stopped two shots for the Royals.
Scranton now moves into Sunday's championship match, where the Royals will meet the winner of the Susquehanna-Drew semifinal.