Stonehill Shuts Out Queens College, 2-0

Senior Michael Bridges scored twice as the Skyhawks blanked Queens College. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Bridges nets two as Skyhawks win third straight

EASTON, Mass. (September 11, 2010) – Stonehill College posted a 2-0 shutout of Queens College (N.Y.) in a non-conference men’s soccer matchup Saturday at Skyhawk Field. The victory has the Skyhawks off to a 3-0 start for the second season in a row.

Senior Michael Bridges (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) handled the scoring for Stonehill, netting his first two goals of the season, and senior goalkeeper Brandon McFarlane (Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy) made two saves in his second shutout.

The Stonehill defense, anchored by senior Kevin Moroney (Medway, Mass./Medway) and sophomores Kris Brassard (Barre, Vt./Tilton School) and Kevin Wendth (Slingerlands, N.Y./Bethlehem), set the tone early as they held Queens to just two shots in the first half, while the Skyhawks managed ten first-half shots but were kept off the board by five saves from Queens junior goalkeeper Dario Cabanas (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater Regional).

Stonehill went ahead for good in the 48th minute when junior Michael White (Lisbon, N.H./Lisbon Regional) flicked a cross to Bridges, who put away a wide shot from the right side. Bridges netted a second on a 62nd-minute header set up by senior Todd Shigo (Naples, Maine/Lake Region).

Stonehill (3-0, 1-0 NE-10) plays its next six matches in the Northeast-10 Conference, beginning with a visit to Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Queens (0-3, 0-0 ECC) will next play at Nyack College on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Press play to hear from Bridges and head coach Jim Reddish about winning three in a row, the halftime switch that made all the difference, and the road ahead in the NE-10.