Sophomore Rayneri Ruiz (Bay Shore) recorded the first hat trick of his career as St. Joseph’s College (L.I.) defeated Sarah Lawrence College 5-1 in men’s soccer action.
With the win, the Golden Eagles — unbeaten in five games — improve to 4-5-1 on the year and 4-0-1 in conference play. Now the only unbeaten team in conference play, St. Joseph’s sits atop the Skyline Conference standings.
Ruiz opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he finished off a cross from sophomore Damian Duda (Riverhead) and later doubled St. Joseph’s lead in the 35th minute with a breakaway tally.
The Gryphons cut the deficit in half on the other side of the break when Camary Jonas bagged his sixth goal of the season in the 47th minute, but Ruiz’s unassisted goal 11 minutes later restored SJC’s two-goal lead in the 58th minute.
Senior Chance Casey (Babylon High School) extended the Golden Eagles’ lead to 4-1 in the 79th minute with his second goal of the season, and Duda capped off the evening’s scoring in the 87th minute when he beat the Sarah Lawrence keeper far post from the left.
Freshman Steven Deng (Oakdale) picked up the win for the Golden Eagles in a three-save effort. Sarah Lawrence’s Mehran Hicks recorded nine saves.