PORTLAND, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (9-3-1, 5-1 GNAC) blanked Anna Maria College (2-9-1, 1-5-0 GNAC), 4-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's soccer match at Deering Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
A pair of freshmen produced all of the Monks' offense in the one-sided triumph, as rookie forward Brett Mattos (Mahopac, N.Y.) netted his ninth and 10th tallies of the season in the opening half and first-year forward Ryan Guidaboni (Nashua, N.H.) scored the first two goals of his collegiate career in the second stanza to account for the 4-0 final.
1. 3:28 - Brett Mattos (unassisted)
The Monks struck early, as senior Ralph Houanche (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) served a corner kick into the box, where junior Nicholas Borowski (Webster, Mass.) steered a pair of shots on frame before Mattos collected the rebound and slipped the ball into the back of the net.
2. 16:57 - Brett Mattos (Ralph Houanche)
Saint Joseph's doubled the cushion just over 13 minutes later on a similar play, as Houanche delivered a corner kick in front of the net, where Mattos settled the ball and buried a shot into the left panel of the goal.
3. 63:40 - Ryan Guidaboni (Dalton Gaumer)
A pair of first-year contributors connected for the third SJC goal, as freshman Dalton Gaumer (Riverside, Calif.) threaded the needle with a through ball, sending Guidaboni on a breakaway and the rookie striker beat Anna Maria senior keeper Elliot Kuzma (East Haven, Conn.) with a shot to the left side.
4. 70:53 - Ryan Guidaboni (unassisted)
Guidaboni struck again barely seven minutes later, as the freshman notched his second goal of the night after being sprung free on a Joe Fusaro (Hawthorne, N.J.) through ball. He finished the play with a kick to the bottom left corner.
Tonight's victory is the Monks' seventh-consecutive triumph and ties the program record for longest win streak. The 2013 team also won seven straight.
Freshmen Blake Mullen (Manchester, Conn.) and Zack Moody (Steep Falls, Maine) split time in goal for the Monks, with the former making two stops in 72:32 and the latter posting two saves in 17:28 of work.
For the AMCATS, Kuzma made four saves in the losing effort.
The Monks held advantages in shots (15-6) while the AMCATS owned a 4-3 edge in corner kicks on the evening. Anna Maria was flagged for 12 fouls and Saint Joseph's was slapped with 10 infractions in the GNAC match.
Saint Joseph's is now 5-0 in the history of the series with Anna Maria College. Four of the five triumphs have been of the shutout variety.
Saint Joseph's faces a tough test on Saturday when the Monks travel to Providence to face reigning GNAC Champion Johnson & Wales University (10-4-0, 5-1-0 GNAC) in a 1:30 PM start.
Anna Maria also travels for a conference contest on Saturday, as the AMCATS play at Lasell College at 2:30 PM.