STANDISH, Maine – Salem State took #5 St. Joseph's to the wire, but midfielder Rory Twomey (South Windsor, Conn.) converted a penalty kick attempt with 2:15 remaining to lift the Monks past the Vikings 1-0, in a non-conference men's soccer contest on a rainy Tuesday night at the SJC Athletics Complex.
Despite being outshot 25-5 in shots, Salem State (11-3-2, 4-1-1 MASCAC) held the high-powered offense of St. Joseph's (17-0, 11-0 GNAC) in check until the Monks were unable to penetrate the Vikings' stacked defense, but a questionable foul in the box was called following a throw-in at the 87:21 mark set the state for Twomey, who is now 2-2 on PK attempts this fall.
SJC sophomore David Walbridge (Hampden, Mass.) made a pair of saves to register his second shutout in as many starts this season while his counterpart, Salem State senior Christopher Jimenez (Nashua, N.H.), posted four saves in a losing effort.
Saint Joseph's, ranked fifth and 10th in this week's D3soccer.com and United Soccer Coaches national polls, respectively, held the lead in shots (25-5), shots on goal (6-2), and corner kicks (9-2) on the evening.