SALEM, MASS. -- Saint Joseph's scored four first half goals and the Monks' defense did the rest, shutting out Salem State 4-0 in non-conference action on Tuesday evening at Alumni Field. Saint Joseph's, which has won nine of its past ten games, improves to 11-4 on the season. Salem State goes to 2-12.
Saint Joseph's received goals from four different players in building a 4-0 halftime advantage. Kayla Kelly (York, Maine) put home a loose ball past keeper Gabriella Cerro (Beverly, Mass.) for the game's first score just 4:56 into the half. Arianna Kahler (Lisbon Falls, Maine) connected from five yards out before Alexandra Belaire (Greene, Maine) made it 3-0 at the 21:04 mark. Libby Pomerleau (Limerick, Maine ) made it a four-goal lead as she knocked in her team-leading 15th goal of the year with 10:27 remaining before halftime.
Saint Joseph's dominated play early, taking 12 shots (eight on goal) while preventing the Vikings from attempting a shot. The Monks finished the game with a 19-0 advantage in shots while taking 15 corners to just one for the Vikings.
Megan Baker (Gorham, Maine) earned the win without making a save. Alexandria Simpson (Pascoag, R.I.) finished the game in net for the Monks after halftime and did not face a shot. Cerro made nine saves for Salem State before being lifted in the final 10 minutes for Victoria Kako (Salem, Mass.), who made two saves.
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.