WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - #25 Saint Joseph's College (4-0, 1-0 GNAC) kicked off Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play with a 5-0 victory over University of Saint Joseph (CT) (2-1, 0-1 GNAC) on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Brett Mattos (Mahopac, N.Y.) opened the game scoring at the 8:31 mark when he found the back of the net off a corner kick and became the first SJC men's soccer player to score 100 career points with the tally. The four-year standout proceeded to net his second strike of the afternoon 17 minutes later to lift the visitors to a 2-0 lead.
The two-score cushion remained until junior Ryan Buonaiuto (Scituate, R.I.) potted his third goal of the season just 55 seconds into the second frame and the Monks benefited from a USJ own goal in the 82nd minute to collect a 4-0 advantage. Freshman Jason Umbehr (Wallingford, Conn.) scored his first NCAA goal in the 89th minute, off an Austin Ward (North Andover, Mass.) feed, to account for the 5-0 final.
Senior Blake Mullen (Manchester, Conn.) and sophomore David Walbridge (Hampden, Mass.) went untested in the shutout victory while USJ freshman goalie Anes Gadun (Clinton, Conn.) made four stops in a losing effort.
Saint Joseph's held sizeable advantages in shots (25-2), shots on goal (9-0), and corner kicks (8-2) on the afternoon.
- Junior Cody Elliott (Gorham, Maine) was credited with a pair of assists
- With the win, Head Coach Adrian Dubois is now tied atop the Monks' coaching victories list with his predecessor, Steve Babineau, who posted a 54-40-6 record in five seasons at SJC; Dubois is now 54-24-9 in just over four years with the Monks
- Mattos has now scored two or more goals in a game 13 times in his college career
Today's contest marked the first-ever meeting between the Monks and Blue Jays in men's soccer action, as University of Saint Joseph transitioned to a full coeducational institution this fall.
The 5-0 victory over USJ extended the Monks' GNAC regular season undefeated streak to 21 games. The team's last conference loss was a 2-0 setback at the hands of Lasell College on October 21st, 2015.
Saint Joseph's returns to action tomorrow with a 2:00 PM non-conference game at Bowdoin College.