Men’s Soccer Blanks Saint Anselm, 4-0, in Catholic Cup Opener

Skyhawks advance to Saturday's championship match against Saint Michael's College

Branco scored two of the Skyhawk's four goals, advancing them to the championship match

MANCHESTER, N.H. (September 2, 2016) – The Stonehill College men's soccer team surpassed Saint Anselm College in the opening match of the Catholic Cup by blanking the Hawks 4-0 Friday afternoon in Manchester, New York.

Junior Adam Branco (Naugatuck, Conn./Naugatuck) and senior Patrick Keogh (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) led the Skyhawks to three of its four goals, as Saint Anselm scored on an own goal early in the contest. Branco scored his 13th and 14th career goals, while Keogh tallied his second goal of his career.

With 13:53 remaining in the first half, freshman Keegan Nutt (Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) shot from the 18-yard box as the Hawks' Stephen McLeod blocked the attempt, but Branco received the rebound putting it in the back of the net for the first goal of the game. The Skyhawks capitalized as Saint Anselm scored on its own net, opening up the game, 2-0, with 11:32 left in the first stanza. Stonehill would not quit until Keogh tallied his own from a loose ball in front of the net, putting the Skyhawks on top 3-0.

The Hawks did not go down without a fight as they put together a 12-shot second half, compared to the Skyhawks six. Stonehill would score once more as junior Matthew Gallo (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) sent the ball in from the right to Branco, who was able to head the ball into the net with 22:54 remaining in the game.

With the win, Stonehill (1-0, 0-0 NE-10) advances to the Catholic Cup championship match for the third-consecutive season. The Skyhawks will take Saint Michael's College at 3 p.m.

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