NEWBURGH – Led by a three-goal, seven point performance from Joey Dolan, the Mount Saint Mary College Men’s Soccer team scored a convincing 6-0 home win over St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn at Kaplan Field Saturday afternoon.
The Mount wasted little time putting the game out of reach, scoring four times in the first 25 minutes and five times prior to halftime. Freshman Peter Ramirez found the eventual game winning goal in the eighth minute when he finished off a crossing pass from Dolan at 7:49 to give the Knights to early 1-0 lead.
The Mount expanded it lead to 2-0 five minutes later when Dolan tallied his first of the day and fourth of the season. He found the back of the net off a feed from Christopher Maggi at the 13:12 mark of the contest.
Following the Dolan tally, the Mount pushed its lead to 4-0 with a pair of goals just under two minutes apart. Connor Doyle finished off a feed from Ramirez at 23:27 before Matt Wyant scored his fourth of the season when he hammered home a pass from Doyle at 24:47. Dolan picked up his second goal of the half in the final 31 seconds when he finished off a play from Joseph Mesorace (Oceanside, N.Y.) and Johnny Mesnick.
Mount Saint Mary controlled the opening 45 minutes with a 10-3 advantage in shots and a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.
The only goal of the second stanza came in the 59th minute when Dolan collected the hat trick. He took a pass from Wyant and finished off the team’s season-high sixth goal of the game at the 58:28 mark of the match.
Mount Saint Mary outshot St. Joseph’s 11-2 after halftime to close the day with a 21-5 advantage in the category, including an 11-0 edge in shots on target. The Mount also dominated corner kicks 9-2 on the day.
The Knights saw seven different players end the day with a point and showed four different players with a goal and an assist. Dolan led the team with six shots, with Doyle producing four attempts for the Knights.
A trio of Mount Saint Mary goalkeepers combined on the shutout without having to make a save. Tyler Rapp made the start, with Sean Madden coming on to play 44:29. J.C. Varrasi made his second appearance of the season, playing the final 11:25. Alejandro Oliveros closed the day with five stops for the Bears.
Saturday’s win pushes Mount Saint Mary to 5-4-1 overall on the season and to 2-0-1 in league play. The Knights will take a trip to Old Westbury on Wednesday. Kick-off with the Panthers is set for 3:30 p.m.