STANDISH, Maine – Junior Cody Elliott (Gorham, Maine) scored in the 77th minute to propel #5/10 Saint Joseph's College (18-0-0) past Emmanuel College (5-11-2), 1-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament Quarterfinal at the SJC Athletics Complex on Friday evening.
With the victory, top-seeded Saint Joseph's – ranked fifth and 10th nationally in the latest D3soccer.com and United Soccer Coaches weekly polls, respectively - advances to the semifinal round of the GNAC tourney and will host #4 Colby-Sawyer College (7-7-2), which defeated #5 Albertus Magnus College by a 2-0 score earlier today, on Tuesday at 5:30 PM.
For Emmanuel, the loss signals the end of the 2018 season.
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The Monks maintained possession for the better part of the game and had multiple scoring chances, but did not find the back of the net until the 76:38 mark when junior Mitchell Duncan (Sanford, Maine) found a seam at the top of the box and chipped a left-to-right pass to Elliott, who steered a shot to the left side of the goal.
The Saints registered the first scoring chance of the night when freshman forward Robert Danielian (Watertown, Mass.) clanged a shot off the crossbar in the 11th minute. SJC senior Brett Mattos (Mahopac, N.Y.) knocked a header off the crossbar at the 49:30 mark.
Saint Joseph's senior Blake Mullen (Manchester, N.H.) made a pair of saves to record his sixth shutout of the season while Emmanuel freshman Vincent Conelli (West Hartford, Conn.) – making his NCAA debut – kept the Saints in the game with 13 saves, including a handful of acrobatic stops, in the losing effort.
Saint Joseph's posted sizeable advantages in shots (26-5), shots on goal (14-2) and corner kicks (11-1) on the evening.
Saint Joseph's is now 10-3-1 in the history of the series with Emmanuel College and has now topped the Saints in four-consecutive meetings.