SALEM, Mass. – The Endicott men's soccer team shut out the host Salem St. Vikings, 1-0, Monday night in non-conference North Shore Cup action at Alumni Field and soared their way into school record books, while garnering national highlights.
With the win, Endicott has posted eight consecutive shutouts and improved to 9-1-1 as the team sits atop the CCC at 4-0-0, while Salem St. fell to 0-10, 0-3 MASCAC.
Senior forward Mark Greco (Belchertown, Mass.) netted the lone goal of the night off a feed from senior midfielder Shintaroh Itoh (Nerima, Tokyo, Japan) in the 62nd minute and junior goalkeeper Nick Weinstein (Trumbull, Conn.) made seven saves as the Gulls won their eighth straight match.
The Endicott men's soccer team currently has the longest active shutout streak and scoreless streak in the entire country across all three levels of NCAA men's soccer. The closest is MIT (Division III) and St. Andrew's (Division II) sitting at five in a row.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Today's match saw junior goalkeeper Nick Weinstein (Trumbull, Conn.) post his ninth clean sheet of the season, (eighth consecutive) and his seven saves is a career-high.
- Weinstein set an Endicott men's soccer program record for most shutouts in a single-season with nine, eclipsing Aaron Kanter's eight in 2011.
- Eight consecutive shutouts is an Endicott men's soccer program record, as the team tallied five consecutive in the 2011 season.
- The Gulls have won eight of their last nine matches by way of a shutout.
- The Gulls extended their win streak to eight matches, their second-longest streak in program history (10 straight wins in 1998.)
- The Gulls have won three matches by a score of 1-0 this season.
- The NCAA Division III record for consecutive shutouts is 17, held by Drew University in 2003.
- Weinstein has allowed just four goals on the season (fewest allowed by all CCC goalkeepers).
- Endicott has not allowed a goal in its last 735:43 of action (eight-plus matches).
- Endicott has outscored its opponents 20-0 in this winning span.
- Greco scored his first goal of the season tonight.
FOR THE FOES
- Sophomore goalkeeper Greg Enos (Peabody, Mass.) made four saves in the losing effort for the Vikings.
- Today's match saw the Gulls improve to 8-8-1 against Salem St. all-time, dating back prior to the 2001 season.
- The Gulls have won the past four matches against the Vikings, as three of the four wins have been shutouts.
- In matches against CCC opponents this season, the Vikings are 0-3, as they have been shut out by a combined score of 4-0 to Gordon (Sept. 1), Curry (Sept. 9) and Endicott (Oct. 5).
- Ten straight losses for Salem St. is the most in recent history, dating back to the 2004 season.
- The Gulls are ranked No. 7 in the Sept. 29, 2015 NSCAA NCAA Division III Men's Soccer New England Region Poll (moved up from ninth in the Sept. 22 poll.)
Endicott (9-1-1) returns to the pitch on Saturday at Curry College at 2:00 p.m.
Salem St. (0-10, 0-3 MASCAC) travels to Dudley, Mass. to take on Nichols College on Wednesday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m.