WESTON, Mass. – Saint Joseph's College (9-0-1, 5-0-1 GNAC) topped Regis (Mass.) (7-4-0, 4-2-0 GNAC), 3-0, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's soccer action on Wednesday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After a scoreless first half, Saint Joseph's finally found the board 4:38 into the second frame when senior Sean Baker (Medfield, Mass.) knocked in a header off a well-placed corner kick by sophomore Cody Elliott (Gorham, Maine).
The 1-0 edge remained until the 76th minute, when junior Brett Mattos (Mahopac, N.Y.) dribbled towards the goal from the left, duked a defender, and delivered a shot past Regis (Mass.) junior keeper Jesse Bonilla (Ramona, Calif.). The Monks put the game out of reach three minutes later when junior Jesse Ramirez (Dumont, N.J.) notched his third tally of the year off a left-to-right cross from freshman Colin Grant (Harvard, Mass.).
Saint Joseph's junior goalie Blake Mullen (Manchester, Conn.) turned away the only shot he faced in 90 minutes of shutout play while Bonilla registered eight stops in a losing effort.
Saint Joseph's held sizeable leads in shots (21-5), shots on goal (11-1), and corners (11-1) in the victory.
Today's meeting between Saint Joseph's and Regis (Mass.) counts as the first contest between the institutions' men's soccer programs. The Pride joined the GNAC this fall after playing in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) since 2011.
Saint Joseph's will host Rivier University Saturday in a GNAC tilt scheduled to kick off at 1:30 PM.
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.