NASHUA, N.H. – Saint Joseph's College (4-12-0, 4-0-0 GNAC) halted a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Rivier University (1-11-0, 1-5-0 GNAC) in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's soccer action on Monday afternoon.
Saint Joseph's freshman Austin Bell (Gorham, Maine) provided the Monks with all the offense they required just 1:23 into the match, as the rookie riffled a shot past Rivier sophomore goalkeeper Gary Archambault (Auburn, N.H.) off a perfectly placed thru ball from sophomore Jack Murray (Hingham, Mass.).
The Raiders would have chances inside the Monks 18' throughout the course of the contest but were unable to capitalize. Saint Joseph's held the advantage in shots as they outshot Rivier 13-8.
Archambault kept the Raiders in the contest by stopping the final four shots he faced after allowing the early tally. SJC junior goalkeeper Scott Benner (Post Falls, Idaho) earned the shutout after recording five saves.
With the win, Saint Joseph's improves to 7-2-1 all-time versus Rivier University and has now defeated the Raiders in seven-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2008 campaign. Five of the seven victories have been of the shutout variety.
Saint Joseph's hosts Johnson & Wales University on Friday at 3:00 PM while Rivier takes on Norwich University at home on Saturday at 6:00 PM.
THANKS IN LARGE PART TO RIVIER UNIVERSITY SPORTS INFORMATION
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 430-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.