Senior Jamal Howard (West Haven, Conn.) scored two goals as the Albertus Magnus men's soccer team cruised to a 4-0 win over Regis College in the Falcons' 2011 home opener on Monday afternoon.
The Falcons (3-2) split their goals on the afternoon, scoring two in the first half and two in the second, as they outshot the Regis College Pride (2-3) 15-7.
Jesse Plona (Trumbull, Conn.) scored the game winner at the 5:10 mark in the first half for his first-ever collegiate goal as he broke free past defenders in the box and connected on a Stephen Zapata (Hamden, Conn.) cross.
Howard's first goal came in the 16th minute as he found the back of the net after receiving a cross into the box from freshman Patrick Kenefick (Woodbridge, Conn.). Less than three minutes into the second half, Howard scored his third goal of the year to extend the Falcons' lead to 3-0.
Dan Dwyer (Hamden, Conn.) capped Albertus' scoring in today's contest as he scored his second goal of the season in the 70th minute. The Falcons took advantage of a quick corner kick play as freshman Richard Mitchell (Naugatuck, Conn.) sent a short pass on the side line to Zapata who then crossed the ball into the box where it found Dwyer. Dwyer beat the keeper with a header into the corner of the net.
Donato Piroscafo (Naugatuck, Conn.) made four saves as he improved to 3-2 on the year between the pipes for the Falcons. Francois Brown (New Haven, Conn.) made his first appearance in net for Albertus this season as he played just over 20 minutes.
Andrew LaMacchia and Stefan Todorovic split time in goal for the Pride as LaMacchia started and took the loss to fall to 2-3 on the year. He allowed two goals and made two saves. Todorovic also allowed two goals and registered three stops for the Pride.
Albertus will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 17 as the Falcons travel to Saint Joseph's College (Maine) for a conference match-up. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.