HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's soccer team made it two in a row to start the 2021 season, knocking off the Bantams of Trinity College (TRIN), 5-3, in a non-conference match on the Trinity Soccer Field Wednesday night. The highlight of the night was the sensational play from senior forward DeAnte Anderson (Bloomfield, Conn.), who shattered the program record with five goals on the night. It's the most goals in the history of USJ Men's Soccer, and tied for the most in a game all-time at USJ since 2010:
'Go-al Get 'Em'
Most Goals in a Game - Since 2010 - USJ History
2021 DeAnte Anderson 5<<
2017 Sarah Palko 5
2011 Courtney Cesca 4
>>Only player to score all of team's goals
Anderson did have some help on three of his goals, with two assists from sophomore forward Dane Stephens (Jamaica), and one from junior midfielder Mergim Kutllovci (Thomaston, Conn.). USJ trailed early, but it wasn't for long, as Anderson scored three straight goals in less than eight minutes to take a commanding 3-1 halftime lead. Each of Trinity's second-half goals were answered with another from Anderson, who capped off the night by finding the back of the cage in the 80th minute, setting a mark not seen in a Blue Jay soccer uniform in more than a decade.
Score: Saint Joseph 5, Trinity 3
Records: USJ (2-0), Trinity (0-1)
Location: Trinity Soccer Field | Hartford, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Paul Wright]
"An excellent performance against a very strong opponent. DeAnte Anderson was simply phenomenal. Outstanding. He would be the first to tell you that his teammates played a huge role in many of the goals we scored."
- The Blue Jays bested the Bantams on the scoreboard despite being outshot, 19-9.
- Anderson was a perfect 5-for-5 on shot attempts.
- Saint Joseph has won the first two matches for the third straight season.
NUMBER TO KNOW
11 – The Blue Jays have scored 11 goals through their first two matches, the most in team history.
USJ – Sophomore goalie Jose Miguel Garcia Martin (Madrid, Spain) picked up the win in his first start of the season (1-0), allowing three goals, but making all the right plays at just the right time, making an impressive eight saves.
TRIN – Trinity split time in goal, with senior Everett Lyons (Southport, Conn.) taking the loss (0-1) with the three first-half goals allowed (one save), while sophomore Bernardo Simoes (Lisbon, Portugal) allowed the two second half goals and made a save in the final 45 minutes of action.
The Blue Jays are headed home for their Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opener, as USJ goes head-to-head with Saint Joseph's College of Maine on Friday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m., under the lights on the USJ Soccer Field.
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