STANDISH, Maine – The fourth-seeded Suffolk men's soccer team could not overcome top seeded Saint Joseph's (Maine), as the Rams fell, 5-1, in the GNAC Semifinal at Westerlea Way Field Tuesday afternoon.
SCORE: Suffolk 1, Saint Joseph's 5
RECORDS: Suffolk (9-10-0) | Saint Joseph's (15-1-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Saint Joseph's all but put the game out of reach in the first 10 minutes of play, as freshman Noah Robinson scored off a Cody Elliott pass at the 6:13 mark. Four minutes later junior Trevor Lopes made it a 2-0 game with his fourth tally of the year, off a Brett Mattos feed.
The 2-0 advantage held strong until the 58th minute when freshman midfielder JoJo Strobino potted an unassisted marker and junior Daniel Fox and sophomore Jessee Ramirez tacked on insurance goals in the 72nd and 82nd minutes, respectively, to push the Monks ahead, 5-0.
The Rams, who were denied by SJC sophomore keeper Blake Mullen on a pair of close reange shots in the second stanza, finally found the board in the 88th minute when senior Alberto Bittan took advantage of a defensive lapse and slipped a shot far post past sophomore Zack moody, who entered the game in place of Mullen just minutes earlier. Classmate Alex Ypsilantis was credited with the assist on Rams' lone score of the contest.
KEEPING UP WITH THE KEEPERS
- Jon Brodeur posted three saves in the setback, to finish his freshman campaign,6-6-0, in between the pipes for the Rams.
- Mullen tallied three stops in 83:49 for SJC, while Moody allowed one goal and one save in 6:11 of action.
- Bittan's goal brought to a close the Monks' eight-game shutout streak, which spanned a total of 868:16 dating back to October 1st.