BOSTON, Mass. – Saint Joseph's College (12-0-2, 7-0-1 GNAC) toppled Emmanuel College (7-7-0, 4-4-0 GNAC), 7-2, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon.
THE LEAD: Senior midfielder Mitchell Duncan (Sanford, Maine) and sophomore midfielder Jason Umbehr (Wallingford, Conn.) each scored two goals to power unbeaten Saint Joseph's College (ME) past Emmanuel College, 7-2, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference men's soccer action at Roberto Clemente Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Duncan gave the Monks an early lead scoring in the sixth minute of play to give the visitors the lead for good and followed it up 10 minutes later with his second goal of the day to make it 2-0.
- Saint Joseph's continued to add to its lead as senior forward Keenan Welzel (Brunswick, Maine) made it 3-0 in the 19th minute of play.
- SJM junior forward Quinn Hewitt (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) tacked on the fourth goal of the afternoon to send the Monks into halftime with a 4-0 cushion as Saint Joseph's outshot the Saints by a 14-0 margin.
- Umbehr opened the second stanza with his first score of the match to build a 5-0 lead with his third goal of the season.
- The Saints showed some life in the 63rd minute as sophomore forward Alec Erskine (Coventry, Conn.) sent a cross into the box that found sophomore Kyle Monaghan (Monson, Mass.) for his third goal of the season to make it 5-1.
- The Monks got it back on freshman forward Niko DeCola's (Mahopac, N.Y.) third score of the campaign for a 6-1 score before Umbehr made it 7-1 in the 78th minute.
- Emmanuel capped the scoring as freshman forward Jake Champagne (Oakville, Conn.) put home a deflection in the 88th minute for his second goal of the year to account for the 7-2 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- SJM junior keeper David Walbridge (Hampden, Conn.) earned the win to improve to 11-0-1 in net without having to make a save in 45 minutes of action.
- The seven goals for the Monks was a season-high and the most in a game since a 13-0 win last season against Lasell.
- Emmanuel's first goal of the afternoon snapped the Monks scoreless minutes streak at 871 minutes, which extended over 10 games.
- The two-goals allowed marks just the second time this season the Monks have conceded multiple goals.
- Today's match marks the first time Saint Joseph's has allowed two goals in regular-season GNAC action since the 2015 campaign.
- EC sophomore keeper Vincent Conelli (West Hartford, Conn.) suffered the loss for Emmanuel making six saves before giving way to sophomore Matthew LaMondia (East Longmeadow, Mass.) who made three saves over the final 30 minutes of action.
- Emmanuel returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in an important GNAC match-up vs. Anna Maria College at 3:00 PM in Paxton, Mass.
- The Monks have a quick turnaround, hosting WPI on Monday, Oct. 21 at 6:00 PM in Standish, Maine.
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