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STANDISH, Maine – The Saint Joseph's College (6-0-1, 1-0-1 GNAC) men's soccer team defeated Bowdoin College (4-3-0, 2-1-1 NESCAC) for the first time in program history in a non-conference contest at the SJC Athletics Complex on Tuesday evening. Sophomore Noah Robinson (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) netted the game's lone goal in the 27th minute and the Monks held off a determined Polar Bears attack in the second half to remain undefeated through seven games this fall.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Monks applied most of the offensive pressure in the first half, as evidenced by an 11-1 shots advantage before the break, and broke the scoreless stalemate with an impressive individual effort by Robinson, who received a lead pass down the left sideline from Cody Elliott (Gorham, Maine), turned the corner past a Bowdoin defender, and unleashed a shot to the top right corner of the net at the 26:25 mark.
St. Joe's junior Blake Mullen (Manchester, Conn.) notched his fifth shutout of the season after making three saves, including a terrific diving stop on a Will Hermon (Dover, Mass.) close-range shot in the 78th minute.
Bowdoin senior netminder Stevie Van Siclen (Carlisle, Mass.) recorded four saves in the losing effort.
Saint Joseph's held advantages in shots (16-5) and shots on goal (5-3) while Bowdoin owned a 6-4 lead in corner kicks, including five in the second half.
Prior to tonight, the Monks were winless in four games versus the Polar Bears with all four setbacks being of the shutout variety. The in-state foes last faced off on October 2nd, 2012, a matchup that resulted in a 4-0 Bowdoin triumph.
Saint Joseph's begins a seven-game Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) stretch Saturday with a 1:00 PM home game versus Albertus Magnus College.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.