NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's soccer team came within a goal twice, but ultimately could not get over the hump after being shutout in the second half, dropping a 3-2 decision to Norwich University (NU), in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) match on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium Friday night.
The Blue Jays were led by who else but senior forward DeAnte Anderson (Bloomfield, Conn.), who is the top goal-scorer in the country. He had both scores for USJ on the night, both coming in the first half. Sophomore forward Dane Stephens (Jamaica) added an assist. Stephens continues to lead the GNAC in assists with 10. All five goals were scored in the first half, but the second half was not without its opportunities. A Norwich yellow card and free kick from 20 yards out seemed to be the best shot for Anderson, who sent a strike to the left side of the cage, but it was stopped by the Cadets. A final free kick came with seconds left, but the Blue Jays were unable to get a good look at the goal.
Score: Saint Joseph 2, Norwich 3
Records: USJ 7-3-1 (4-3-0 GNAC), NU 7-2-0 (5-1-0 GNAC)
Location: Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium | Northfield, Vt.
COACH QUOTE [Paul Wright] "Norwich started the game at a very high intensity and we were a little slow to match it. That's a strong team and they punished us for our mistakes today. We showed great resilience to get back into the game and ended up having some good opportunities in the second half, but unfortunately for us it wasn't enough tonight. We take some positives from this performance as we look to respond next week."
- Norwich held the edge stats wise, claiming the advantage in shots (24-13) and corner kicks (7-2).
- USJ is 0-2-1 when not scoring in the second half.
- The Cadets sit third in the GNAC standings, while the Blue Jays sit sixth. Should the standings finish as they are, the teams would meet again in the GNAC Quarterfinals.
NUMBER TO KNOW
17 – Anderson has now tied his career-best for goals in a season, which is also the team record. He has done it in seven less games than he did as a sophomore in 2019.
USJ – Sophomore stopper Jose Miguel Garcia Martin (Madrid, Spain) took the loss (2-2-1), allowing three goals in 90 minutes. He also had a career-high 10 saves on the night.
NU – Junior goalkeeper Robert Wagenseller (Poway, Calif.) picked up the win (7-2-0), allowing two goals in a full 90 minutes. He made a few key saves in the second half, and had five saves total.
Men's soccer will have their final four home matches in a row, first in a GNAC battle against the Pride of Regis College on Wednesday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. on the USJ Soccer Field.
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