STANDISH, Maine – University of New England (1-0-1) broke a scoreless stalemate with a pair of goals during a seven-minute span midway through the second half to defeat Saint Joseph's College (0-1-1), 2-0, in a non-conference men's soccer match at Westerlea Way Field on Sunday afternoon.
Despite owning an 18-5 shots advantage – including a 9-1 margin in the first half – the Monks could not find the back of the net and failed to register a prime scoring opportunity in the losing effort. Nor'easters junior midfielder Nick Paine (Dartmouth, Mass.) broke the deadlock off a Sam Farr (Portland, Maine) pass in the 62nd minute and junior midfielder Dexter Doucet (Newmarket, N.H.) capped the game scoring with an unassisted tally at the 68:14 mark.
Saint Joseph's sophomore goalie Blake Mullen (Manchester, Conn.) was rarely tested and made one save in the setback while his counterpart, UNE senior Elijah Leverett (North Yarmouth, Maine), recorded five stops on the afternoon.
1. 61:46 UNE Nick Paine Sam Farr
A foul on the left side of the box resulted in a free kick rewarded to Farr, who threaded a pass through traffic to Paine, who finished by one-timing a shot into the bottom right corner
2. 68:14 UNE Dexter Doucet (unassisted)
Doucet found space in the top right corner of the box and unleashed a laser into the top left corner, just beyond Mullen's reach
Aside from the 18-5 shots advantage, Saint Joseph's also posted a 5-3 edge in shots on goal with a 9-0 lead in corner kicks.
Sophomore forward Kartikeya Swarup (Delhi, India) registered a game-high six shots…sophomore defender Dalton Gaumer (Riverside, Calif.) enjoyed a solid day on the back line while freshman midfielder JoJo Strobino (Clifton, N.J.) played very well in the heart of the field for the Monks.
With the loss, Saint Joseph's falls to 3-9-2 in the history of the series with University of New England, a team the Monks nipped by a 1-0 score in Biddeford one year ago to the day.
Saint Joseph's travels to Colby College Tuesday for a 7:45 PM kick-off versus the Mules while UNE plays at Bowdoin College at 4:00 PM on Wednesday.
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.