#19 Saint Joseph's Blanks Southern Maine, 3-0

#19 Saint Joseph's Blanks Southern Maine, 3-0

STANDISH, Maine - #19 Saint Joseph's College (3-0-1) blanked University of Southern Maine (0-4-1), 3-0, in a non-conference men's soccer contest at the SJC Athletics Complex on Monday evening.


The Monks controlled the pace of play for the better part of the game and had several chances to strike before grabbing a 1-0 edge on a Jackson Taylor (Gorham, Maine) goal in the 38th minute. Sophomore Austin Ward (North Andover, Mass.) dribbled around several USM defenders in the top left corner and dealt a perfect pass to Taylor, who streaked into the box and booted the ball into the right side of the net.

The hosts doubled their lead in the 51st minute when senior Noah Robinson (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) redirected a shot off the foot of Cody Elliott (Gorham, Maine) with a header into the right panel of the goal.

St. Joe's capped the game scoring at the 78 minute mark, when Ward hit pay dirt off a well-placed lead pass from senior Mitchell Duncan (Sanford, Maine). Possessing the ball in traffic, Duncan found an open lane to feed Ward, who broke free for a 1v1 with USM keeper Cameron Atherton (New Milford, Conn.) and slipped a grounder to the right side.


Saint Joseph's junior David Walbridge (Hampden, Mass.) turned away the only shot he faced to notch his second shutout of the season while Atherton made five stops in a losing bid for the Huskies.


Saint Joseph's held leads in shots (14-3) and shots on goal (8-1) on the evening.


With the victory Saint Joseph's improves to 14-12-4 all-time versus University of Southern Maine and has now defeated the Huskies in four-consecutive meetings.


Saint Joseph's opens Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play Saturday with a much-anticipated home game versus Norwich University. Opening kickoff is slated for 1:30 PM.




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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at www.sjcme.edu.