PATCHOGUE, N.Y. - The Catholic University men's soccer team kicked off the St. Joseph's College Invitational with an offensive explosion in a 7-0 win over St. Joseph's (L.I.) on Saturday afternoon. Sophomores Ben Alexander and Darius Siahpoosh had the Cardinals up 3-0 just 18 minutes into the match.
Catholic (2-1) scored seven goals on 15 shots in the blowout victory, and the scoring got started early in the 13th minute.
Siahpoosh crossed a pass from the left to find Alexander and the striker made no mistake. The team's 2018 leading scorer got off the mark and did not stop with one.
In the 18th minute, another good cross from the left found Alexander in a good position. Siahpoosh found the striker again and Alexander finished with a near-post shot into the back of the net.
Soon after the following kickoff, Siahpoosh caught the Golden Eagles' goalkeeper off the line and scored his first goal just 23 seconds after Alexander's goal.
Freshman striker Jacob McDonald extended the lead to four in the first half. A turnover at the top of the box allowed McDonald to score his first career goal in the 40th minute.
McDonald struck again soon after the second half begin after Nelson Zimmerman set him up with a cross for a second goal in the 54th minute.
Then junior forward Daniel Bello got in on the goal-scoring action in the 62nd minute. Bello scored his first and second career goals to put Catholic up 7-0, aided by assists from Paul Egan and Adam Melendez.
Junior goalkeeper Jack Long earned his second win of the season and made one save in the first half. Freshman keeper Troy Young got his first collegiate action with a scoreless second half and added two saves of his own.
The performance marks the second consecutive season the Cardinals have scored seven goals in a game. Catholic defeated Juniata 7-0 on October 13, 2018 last season. Alexander scored one goal in 17 minutes of play in that contest.
The Cardinals continue the SJC Invitational tomorrow with a match against St. Joseph's Brooklyn at noon.