SLU's Gilloran ignites 4-0 win over Ithaca in men's soccer play
Junior forward Brian Gilloran scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead St. Lawrence University's men's soccer team to a 4-0 win at Ithaca College on Sunday and a sweep of its weekend series.
The Saints, ranked number one nationally, improve to 8-0-0 overall and matched their most productive outing of the season in terms of goals, despite their lowest shot total of the year. The 1-4-1 Bombers also managed the second highest shot total against the Saints this season with 10, but goalie Brian Abernethy saved all three Ithaca shots on goal for his fourth straight shutout and fifth of the season.Gilloran made a good defensive play to start the Saint offense with the game's first goal as he intercepted an Ithaca clearing pass, dribbled the ball into the box and fired a shot past Bomber goalie Jordan Gentile 13:33 into the game for his third of the season. It went to 2-0 just 2:04 later when Gilloran made a one-touch pass through the middle to Sam DeMello, who put away his seventh of the season at 15:37.
"Those were a couple of big plays," said Saint coach Bob Durocher. "Playing a rested team the day after your league opener is never easy, but the guys rose to the challenge. Gil had a big game and got us off to a good start and we were able to finish things off from there."
DeMello set up Gilloran for a 3-0 lead 1:22 into the second half, with Gilloran scoring his fourth of the season with a hard shot from the right side which sailed under the crossbar and senior Sean Scott completed the scoring at the 61:37 mark, beating the Ithaca defense to the ball in a scramble just outside the box and scoring on a quick shot.
The Saints had a 14-10 edge in shots overall and a 7-4 edge in shots on goal and had the only two corner kicks in the game.
"It was a pretty solid effort across the board," said Durocher. "We had good support off the bench in both games this weekend."
The Saints will return to Liberty League action with road games at Bard and Vassar Friday and Saturday.