|Suffolk University||Saint Joseph's College|
YARMOUTH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (12-1-4, 7-0-1 GNAC) clipped Suffolk University (7-8-1, 5-3-0 GNAC), 1-0, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s soccer action at Yarmouth High School on Wednesday afternoon.
Saint Joseph’s broke a scoreless stalemate in the 64th minute, when sophomore Blake Mattos netted his team-leading sixth goal of the season off a through pass from freshman Mitchell Duncan. After receiving the pass, Mattos took three dribbles and placed a shot past Suffolk freshman keeper Jon Brodeur for his fifth game-winner of the year.
With the victory, Saint Joseph’s clinches the top seed in the GNAC Tournament for the second time in program history and first since the 2009 campaign, when the Monks won the GNAC Championship and registered the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Suffolk had numerous chances to get on the board in the first half, as Saint Joseph’s sophomore netminder Blake Mullen made huge saves on breakaway attempts by Jordan Casey and Christian Restrepo in the 10th and 40th minutes, respectively. Senior forward Alberto Bittan registered what may have been the Rams’ best scoring chance of the afternoon, as the GNAC’s leading goal scorer clanged a beautiful bicycle kick shot off the post at the 42:06 mark.
Mullen recorded six saves in what was his 12th shutout performance of the season and is now 12-1-3 this fall. Brodeur also played well and made nine saves in the losing effort.