STANDISH, Maine – Sophomore Mitchell Duncan (Sanford, Maine) scored a goal on a header in the 60th minute to help lift #23 Saint Joseph's College (14-0-1) past University of Southern Maine (5-9-2), 1-0, in a hard-fought non-conference men's soccer match at the SJC Athletics Complex on Wednesday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After recording a handful of close scoring chances, several thwarted by USM freshman keeper Richard Glemawu (Accra, Ghana), the Monks finally hit pay dirt when Duncan flicked a header, off a well-placed right-to-left volley from Brett Mattos (Mahopac, N.Y.), to the top right corner of the net for his seventh goal of the season.
Applying pressure late in the second half, the Huskies registered several good opportunities, including a shot taken by freshman Riley Dinsmore-Patch (Eliot, Maine) that rocketed off the crossbar at the 68:58 mark.
Saint Joseph's junior Blake Mullen (Manchester, Conn.) made a pair of saves to pick up his eighth shutout of the year and 24th blank sheet of his career. Glemawu kept the Huskies in the game with several acrobatic stops and finished the night with seven saves.
Saint Joseph's held considerable advantages in shots (15-4), shots on goal (9-2), and corner kicks (7-0) in the victory.
Tonight's victory extends the Monks' program-record winning streak to 10 games…the three SJC fall field teams are undefeated at the new complex with a 16-0-2 collective record.
With the win, Saint Joseph's improves to 12-12-4 in the history of the series with University of Southern Maine. Last fall, the Monks tipped the Huskies by the same 1-0 score in Gorham (10/2/16).
Saint Joseph's will host Mount Ida College in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contest starting at 4:00 PM on Saturday. Southern Maine travels to UMass.-Dartmouth Saturday for a Little East Conference tilt slated for a 4:00 PM start.
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.