NASHUA, N.H. - #15/17 Saint Joseph's College (6-0, 2-0 GNAC) cruised past Rivier University (0-4, 0-2 GNAC), 7-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's soccer contest on Wednesday night. Junior Cody Elliott (Gorham, Maine) and freshman Austin Ward (North Andover, Mass.) netted a pair of goals apiece in the one-sided triumph.
The Monks had numerous scoring chances early and grabbed a quick 2-0 lead with a pair of strikes in a matter of 43 seconds, as senior midfielder Rory Twomey (South Windsor, Conn.) and Ward hit pay dirt at the 26:35 and 27:18 marks, respectively.
Ward tacked on his second goal at 40:04 mark and Elliott scored his first of the year on a free kick just 54 seconds later to make it a 4-0 game in favor of the Monks. Senior Mitchell Cyr (Rochester, N.H.) added his first tally of the season as time expired in the first half.
The Monks tacked on a pair of strikes early in the second frame to account for the 7-0 final score, as senior Brett Mattos (Mahopac, N.Y.) made it a 6-0 game at the 46:34 mark and Elliott wrapped up his first collegiate brace off a Colin Grant (Harvard, Mass.) feed in the 49th minute.
Rivier starter Collin Deyarmin faced 13 shots and allowed seven goals in 64:52 minutes and Cody Richards did not face an attempt in 25:08 minutes of relief.
Saint Joseph's outshot Rivier by a 30-1 margin with a 13-0 lead in shots on goal and an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks in the conference contest.
- Elliott, Jackson Taylor (Gorham, Maine), Jacob Rockwood (Hopkinton, N.H.), and Jason Umbehr (Wallingford, Conn.) were also credited with assists for the Monks
With the win, Saint Joseph's improves to 11-2-1 in the history of the series with Rivier University and has now defeated the Raiders in 11-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2008 season. The Monks have outscored the Raiders by a 44-2 margin during this span and have not allowed a goal to Rivier since the 2012 campaign.
Saint Joseph's is back in action Saturday with a 1:00 PM home conference game versus Johnson & Wales University.