NEWTON, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's soccer team handled the Lasers of Lasell University (LAS), 6-2, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) match on Taylor Field Wednesday afternoon. With the victory, the Blue Jays remain in fifth in the GNAC and await the results of this week's conference contests as they continue their climb atop the standings.
It was a superb all-around performance for the visitors, who continue to build momentum as conference play kicks into high gear. Senior forward DeAnte Anderson (Bloomfield, Conn.), the nation's leading goal scorer and scorer of the last nine USJ goals, had a goal and two assists on the day. Junior midfielders Juan Torres (Hartford, Conn.) and Joel Agbetossou (Hartford, Conn.) both made the headlines with their first-career multi-goal games. Both midfielders had just one career goal entering Wednesday's contest. Sophomore forward Brian Silva (Naugatuck, Conn.) scored his first-ever goal in the 56th minute, the second half's only marker.
USJ wasted little time getting on the board, putting two between the posts in less than nine minutes of action. It was all the cushion they would need, as the visitors maintained a multi-goal advantage the majority of the match.
Score: Saint Joseph 6, Lasell 2
Records: USJ 4-1-1 (2-1-0 GNAC), LAS 0-6-0 (0-4-0 GNAC)
Location: Taylor Field | Newton, Mass.
COACH QUOTE [Paul Wright]
"I am very happy with this strong performance. We knew this would be a different kind of challenge and we prepared well for it all week. There were many different goal scorers tonight, which was also really pleasing to see."
- The Blue Jays more than tripled the Lasers in shots, 28-8. They also had a steady dose of corner kicks throughout, holding an impressive 8-0 advantage.
- Saint Joseph has won four of their first six matches every season in team history.
- USJ is 3-0 all-time against Lasell, outscoring the Lasers, 19-4 (includes a 10-0 win in 2019).
- The Lasers have allowed three goals or more in five of six games this season.
NUMBER TO KNOW
1 – Anderson has 12 goals this season for USJ, enough to continue to lead the nation in total goals. He also leads all of Division III in goals per game and points per game.
USJ – Junior goalie Matthew Goebel (Norton, Mass.) secured another win Wednesday (3-0), making three saves in the cage and allowing two goals in 90 minutes of work.
LAS – Senior goalie Zack Laware (Wilbraham, Mass.) was dealt the loss (0-3), allowing six goals in nearly 62 minutes. He had five saves. Freshman Gabriel Bazikas (Southborough, Mass.) also saw time between the pipes for the Lasers.
The Blue Jays continue their four-game road trip with a visit to the Pioneer Valley, as they take on Elms College on Saturday, September 25 in GNAC action. Kickoff is expected at 5:00 p.m. in Chicopee, Mass.
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