CASTINE, Maine – Three first-half goals propelled Saint Joseph's College (13-0-1) past Maine Maritime Academy (2-8-3), 3-0, in a non-conference men's soccer game on Sunday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Playing on consecutive days for the first time this fall, the Monks seemed a bit sluggish to start but found their groove with three tallies in a matter of eight minutes in the middle of the first half.
Sophomore Mitchell Duncan (Sanford, Maine) scored the eventual game-winner, his second clincher of the year, off a Trevor Lopes (Cumberland, R.I.) pass at the 23:56 mark. Two minutes later, junior Jesse Ramirez (Dumont, N.J.) doubled the SJC cushion with his fifth goal of the season, off a Noah Elmore (Berlin, Vt.) feed, and Elmore capped the game scoring with his third of the year off a Quinn Hewitt (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) pass in the 32nd minute.
Saint Joseph's junior Blake Mullen (Manchester, Conn.) logged 80:55 minutes of shutout play while freshman David Walbridge (Hampden, Mass.) registered 9:05 minutes of scoreless time in the victory. Neither netminder faced a shot.
Maine Maritime's Joshua Reeks (Bedford, N.H.) tallied 12 saves in net in the first half while Andrew Coleman (Saco, Maine) recorded four stops in the second half.
Saint Joseph's posted sizeable advantages in shots (22-2), shots on goal (15-0), and corner kicks (5-2) in the triumph.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 11-7-3 all-time versus Maine Maritime Academy, a team the Monks had not played since 2008 prior to today's matchup. The Monks' last win over the Mariners, a 2-1 triumph, took place at Westerlea Way Field in Standish on September 19th, 2006.
Saint Joseph's will host University of Southern Maine Wednesday in a non-conference contest slated to start at 7:00 PM.
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.