Bulldogs Use Second Half Surge To Push Past Saints

Cristiano Martins had a goal and an assist in the Bulldogs' 3-0 win over St. Joseph's on Sunday (Lee Testor photo).
Cristiano Martins had a goal and an assist in the Bulldogs' 3-0 win over St. Joseph's on Sunday (Lee Testor photo).

THE BASICS:
Score:
Dean 3, Saint Joseph's (Vermont) 0
Records: Dean (4-0); Saint Joseph's (Vermont) (2-1)
Location: Franklin, Mass. (Lippert Field)
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m.

THE LEAD:
In a matchup of two undefeated teams who both advanced to the USCAA National Tournament a season ago, it was Dean College who remained undefeated with a convincing 3-0 win over Saint Joseph's of Vermont in non-league men's soccer action Sunday afternoon.

The Bulldogs, who defeated the Saints by an identical score a season ago, erupted for three second half goals on their way to their third shutout in four contests this season.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
After a scoreless first half, the Bulldogs came out on the attack in the opening minutes of the second stanza and that game plan worked as Cristiano Martins (Brockton, Mass.) took a feed from Pepe Vieira (Brockton, Mass.) and deposited his second strike of the season in the 50th minute.

Dean didn't waste long putting the game away with a pair of goals in a seven-minute stretch later in the half. First, Yuri Mascarenhas (Quincy, Mass.) converted a penalty kick at 62:37 to double the Bulldog advantage to 2-0.

Martins then became the playmaker, setting up Sam Fonseca (Fogo, Cape Verde) for an insurance score in the 69th minute to seal the win for the hosts.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Dean controlled the contest for large portions of the game, holding a 20-8 edge in shots, including a 14-1 advantage in the final 45 minutes.

Saint Joseph goalkeeper Maxwell Singh stopped eight shots but allowed all three Dean scores. Bulldog backstop Nathan Silveira (East Providence, R.I.) turned aside four shots to extend his scoreless streak to 270 minutes.

OF NOTE:
Sunday was the home opener for the Bulldogs, who played their first three games of the season on the road. Prior to the game the program hosted a youth clinic with the Franklin Youth Soccer Association as that organization celebrated its 50th year of existence.

UP NEXT:
Dean is off until Saturday when they open up NECC play with a home showdown with Lesley at 2:00 p.m.