STANDISH, Maine -- A big second half from Brett Mattos (Mahopac, N.Y.) and the Saint Joseph's (Me.) Monks took down the visiting Mount Ida Mustangs in Saturday afternoon action at the SJC Athletic Complex. The Monks remain undefeated in Great Northeast Athletic Conference play and move to 15-0-1 overall and 9-0-1 in conference play, while the Mustangs fall to 8-6-2 overall and 5-4-1 in GNAC action.
It looked like the Mustangs would be the first on the scoreboard, but Monks keeper Blake Mullen (Manchester, Conn.) made a terrific save on a shot from Adam Beaty (Middletown, Conn.). The Monks responded by going on the offensive and testing the backline of the Mustangs, forcing keeper Riley Ford (Guilderland, N.Y.) to make a number of difficult saves. Play would remain mostly on the Mount Ida defensive half, but the defense stood strong and both teams went into the break tied 0-0.
Both teams looked to clean up the sloppy first half and came out with an intensity in the second half. The Monks really looked to make runs up the side of the field and pressure the defense. The efforts paid off when Mattos scored his first of the day off a free kick attempt taken from the right of the box by sophomore Cody Elliott (Gorham, Maine). Elliott delivered a ground-hugging ball through the goalmouth as two Mount Ida defenders collided, freeing up Mattos to net a close-range marker.
Mattos made it a 2-0 game 3:41 later when he capitalized on a nifty pass from junior Jesse Ramirez (Dumont, N.J.). In the midst of several defenders right in front of the net, Ramirez received a pass from the right and deftly tapped the ball to Mattos, who finished with a shot inside the near post.
Lopes upped the SJC cushion to 3-0 at the 84:27 mark when he scored his eighth of the year on a give-and-go from Mattos. Freshman Colin Grant (Harvard, Mass.) netted his first collegiate goal, off a Noah Elmore (Berlin, Vt.) feed, to cap the game scoring with 87:35 left.
Mount Ida returns to postseason play for the 7th consecutive season when they host the Regis (Mass.) Pride next Sunday at 1:00pm. The Monks will play host to Suffolk on Sunday with a time TBA.
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success. The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees. www.mountida.edu