|Johnson & Wales||Saint Joseph's College|
PORTLAND, Maine – Sophomore Brett Mattos (Mahopac, N.Y.) scored on a bicycle-kick attempt as regulation time expired to lift Saint Joseph’s College (8-1-2, 4-0-0 GNAC) to a 2-1 victory over Johnson & Wales University (5-2-4, 2-1-1 GNAC) in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s soccer action at Fitzpatrick Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
With 23 seconds left, a foul was called on Johnson & Wales near midfield and SJC Head Coach Adrian Dubois called on sophomore keeper Blake Mullen to take the free kick. As time ticked off the clock, Mullen launched the set piece to the right side of the box to find Jesse Ramirez, who met the ball with a header flick pass to Mattos, who finished the play with a perfectly-executed bicycle kick to the top right corner of the net.
Saint Joseph’s was on the board early, as the freshman duo of Noah Robinson and JoJo Strobino connected to lift the Monks to a 1-0 edge 9:49 into play. Dribbling in the left corner, Strobino eluded a JWU defender and chipped a pass towards the far post as Robinson streaked in and one-timed the feed with a header into an empty net for his first NCAA marker.
Johnson & Wales, the defending three-time GNAC Champion, tied the game on a Saint Joseph’s own goal in the 70th minute, as a Riley McNicholas crossing attempt took an odd bounce and ricocheted off the foot of an SJC defender into the back of the net.
Mullen registered seven saves in the victory while his counterpart, Johnson & Wales senior Jon Robbins made a pair of stops in the losing effort.