09/08/2013 – After a five game homestand to start the season, Coach Veal's squad sports a perfect record after a 2-0 shutout over Goshen. The win improved the Saints record to 5-0, while the Maple Leafs are still in search of their first victory (0-5). The questions that surrounded this team two weeks ago have quickly been answered as the team shows great leadership, a strong defense and a team-first mentality.
The Saints, who have only surrendered one goal in five games, benefit from the strong line of defense that plays in front of Craig Demshuk. Matt Jackson, Rico Padilla, Jon Malecke and Alex Detwiler have been Demshuk's best friends as the quartet has been instrumental in the Saints early success. Although goals are glamorous, we all know defense wins championships. The 2013 squad has taken Coach Veal's philosophies to heart and harbors all the intangibles that winning teams posses.
Today's game saw the Saints score the game winner during the 33rd minute of play. Jonathan Spencer, who tallied his fourth goal of the season, was the benefactor of a pass play set up by Aldony Mendez. Mendez, who has scored in the teams first four games, added his seventh goal of the season during the 60th minute of regulation to run his scoring streak to five straight matches. The sophomore transfer from Grand Rapids Community College currently ranks in the top three of the nation in goals scored.
The Saints defense, who has not allowed a goal in the last 327 minutes, held the Maple Leafs at bay the rest of the way to complete the shutout. Demshuk, who recorded one save, was credited with the victory. Overall the Saints outshot Goshen 22-9.
Aquinas will return to action in a week when they take their show on the road to tangle with St. Francis (Ind.) (4-1-1) on Saturday. The ball will drop in Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. as the Saints look for their sixth consecutive victory.