STANDISH, Maine – Junior forward Brett Mattos (Mahopac, N.Y.) tallied two goals and two assists to help Saint Joseph's College (10-0-1, 6-0-1 GNAC) defeat Rivier University (2-9-1, 0-5-1 GNAC), 7-0, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's soccer action at the SJC Athletics Complex on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Junior forward Jesse Ramirez (Dumont, N.J.) put the Monks on the board in the 15th minute, when he tapped a well-placed Jackson Taylor (Gorham, Maine) throw-in into an empty net. Seventeen minutes later, Mattos potted his first of the afternoon off a Cody Elliott (Gorham, Maine) pass, lifting his team to a 2-0 lead, a score that remained heading into intermission.
Eight minutes into the second stanza, Mattos netted his conference-leading 14th goal of the year, on a rebound off a JoJo Strobino (Clifton, N.J.) shot, and sophomore Keenan Welzel (Brunswick, Maine) scored his second goal of the year 30 seconds later to give the Monks a 4-0 advantage.
Elliott and senior Trevor Lopes (Cumberland, R.I.) managed to score 27 seconds apart, with the latter launching the hosts to a 6-0 cushion. Sophomore Mitchell Duncan (Sanford, Maine) capped the game scoring in the 74th minute off a Colin Grant (Harvard, Mass.) feed.
Rivier sophomore Collin Deyarmin (Raymond, N.H.) stopped 10 shots in a losing effort.
Saint Joseph's held considerable advantages in shots (38-4), shots on goal (17-4), and corner kicks (9-0) on the afternoon.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 10-2-1 in the history of the series with Rivier University and has now defeated the Raiders in 10-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2008 campaign.
Saint Joseph's travels to Boston Wednesday for a 7:00 PM conference contest at Emmanuel College.
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.