College of St. Joseph's men's soccer team traveled to Southern Maine Community College on Saturday, Sept. 9 and picked up their first win by the score of 6-1. The Fighting Saints are now 1-0, debuting in grand fashion after having a prior game versus NHTI rescheduled due to weather.
Senior Rosyvelt Baessa scored the final three goals of the contest, notching his first career hat trick. He also picked up an assist, on a beautiful bicycle kick goal by Amani Francois. Francois recorded two goals on the game, and Keven Andrade scored one.
Andrade got the goal-scoring going almost immediately. He took a shot at the 5:44 mark and watched it narrowly scoot past SMCC goalkeeper Patrick Duddy (11 saves), putting the Saints ahead 1-0 early.
The Seawolves were not deterred, though, and responded with a goal seven minutes later. A counterattack resulted in a foul called on the Fighting Saints just outside the penalty box. SMCC's Yaroslav Philbrook unleashed an unstoppable shot past CSJ goalkeeper Maxwell Singh (four saves), tying the game at 1.
In the 37th minute of play, the whistle blew and CSJ was awarded a corner kick. The soaring kick went to the far post, straight to Baessa, who headed the ball towards a muddle of players in the center of the penalty box. Francois got himself into perfect positioning to attempt and score the go-ahead goal off a beautiful and technically difficult bicycle kick. Francois' showmanship fired up the Saints squad, allowing them to prevent any Seawolves scoring opportunities before halftime.
Francois struck again just after halftime, making the score 3-1 at the 53:59 minute mark. The Fighting Saints kept on the attack, and less than six minutes later Baessa drew a foul in the penalty box. He calmly stepped up to take the penalty kick and registered his first goal of the match.
In the 70th minute, Baessa doubled his goal-tally, making the score 5-1. Under three minutes later, Baessa stripped the ball from the Seawolves' center defenseman and took it to the goal, nutmegging the goalie to cap the game 6-1. CSJ is back in action Monday, Sept. 11 when they travel to NHTI for a rescheduled game.