NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Men's Soccer team could not complete the comeback Wednesday night, dropping a 2-1 decision to intrastate foe Albertus Magnus College (AMC) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) match on Celentano Field.
Junior midfielder Kelvin Cortez (Meriden, Conn.) had both goals for the Falcons less than a minute apart. Both teams traded opportunities, including three straight shots for the Blue Jays off back-to-back corner kicks in the first half, but to no avail. Down 2-0, the Blue Jays mounted a comeback, getting a much-needed lift from sophomore forward Dane Stephens (Jamaica), who scored his first-career goal in the 78th minute. USJ had chances late, but were unable to get the ball past the Falcons backline.
Score: Saint Joseph 1, Albertus Magnus 2
Records: USJ 5-2-1 (3-2-0 GNAC), AMC 7-1-0 (5-0-0 GNAC)
Location: Celentano Field | New Haven, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Paul Wright]
"The overall performance was solid. We controlled large parts of the game and created numerous opportunities. Unfortunately it wasn't good enough to win the match. Albertus had a couple of quality goals and defended really well."
- USJ held a sizeable shots advantage despite the loss, 18-7. They also dominated in corner kicks, 14-4.
- The loss snaps the Blue Jays three-game winning streak.
- Stephens leads the GNAC in assists with six.
- The Falcons remain atop the GNAC, and are one of two teams that are still unbeaten in conference play (St. Joe's Maine).
NUMBER TO KNOW
2 – The Blue Jays have allowed just two goals in each of their losses this season. They have scored one goal combined in the two setbacks.
USJ – Junior goalie Matthew Goebel (Norton, Mass.) was dealt his first loss (4-1-0), allowing two goals in a full 90 minutes. He also had one save.
AMC – Junior goalie Garfield Robinson (West Haven, Conn.) secured another win (7-1-0), allowing just one goal in the full 90 minutes. He also had five big-time saves.
Men's Soccer concludes its four-game road trip with a visit to Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday, October 2 in GNAC action. Kickoff against the Chargers is expected at 3:00 p.m.
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