STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (1-2-0) blanked University of Maine-Presque Isle (0-4-1), 5-0, in a non-conference men's soccer match at Westerlea Way Field on Saturday afternoon.
Underclassmen accounted for all of the Monks' scoring in the result, which goes in the record books as the first career win for first-year Head Coach Adrain Dubois - the eighth skipper in the history of the Saint Joseph's men's soccer program.
Sophomore Victor Santos opened the scoring in the 10th minute with an unassisted tally. Following an offside call against the Owls on the Monks' defensive end, senior keeper Robert Petrosillo (Methuen, Mass.) unleashed a booming kick into Presque Isle territory. Santos, who gathered the ball and quickly found a seam in the Owls' defense, streaked towards the left goalpost and delivered a strike to the top right corner of the net to put the hosts on top at the 9:19 mark.
Freshman Austin Bell doubled the Monks' cushion 15 minutes later when he netted the first of his two goals on the day with 20:40 remaining in the first half.
The Monks took advantage of a foul in the box at the 34:43 mark, when sophomore Daniel Malone was tackled by Owls sophomore goalkeeper Caleb Bragg-Grady. Coach Dubois tabbed Bell to take the subsequent penalty kick shot, and the rookie responded with a rope to the right corner of the goal, providing the Royal Blue with a cozy 3-0 lead heading into intermission.
The Monks would add two more goals in the second half to take the victory 5-0. Owls keeper Caleb Bragg-Grady had 10 saves in the loss.
Saint Joseph's outshot Presque Isle by a 20-6 margin and owned a 4-2 edge in corner kicks on the afternoon. With the win, the Monks improve to 13-10-1 in the history of the series against Maine-Presque Isle. Prior to today, Saint Joseph's had not scored more than four goals in a game against the Owls. The five-goal total equals the series high originally posted by Presque Isle in a 5-4 win over St. Joe's on September 21st, 1991.
Presque Isle hosts Unity College in the Owls' 2014 home-opener at 3:00 PM on Saturday, September 13th.