Men's Soccer Blasts Monmouth for Third Straight Shutout

Sep 30, 2015

MONMOUTH, Ill. - Freshman Malcolm Phillips notched the first two goals of his budding career and also dished out one assist as the University of Dubuque defeated Monmouth College on the road, 4-0, for the seventh straight time on Wednesday night.

Phillips, who led the team with three shots, and the Spartans utilized a 12-6 shot and 9-4 corner kick advantage to shut out the Scots (3-6-0) for the seventh straight time dating back to 2007. The Frankfurt, Germany native netted his first career goal off fellow freshman, Phil Minneci's corner kick assist, in the 35th minute to give the Spartans (6-2-1) the early 1-0 advantage. Gonzalo Hernandez, the Iowa Conference's goal scoring leader, followed with his seventh goal of the season off a slick assist from Phillips in the 60th minute and returned the favor to Phillips two minutes later to put the game away.

An own goal mistake by the Scots at the 76-minute mark put the Spartans up 4-0 and essentially sealed the deal. UD goalkeeper and reigning Iowa Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Riley Jensen, recorded a career-high third straight shutout and posted one save. Jensen was relieved by fellow senior Jose Resendiz at the 76th minute mark.

It was an efficient night for UD as 10 of their 12 shots were on goal and all three goals (excluding the own goal) were assisted. Defensively, the Spartans racked up their third straight shutout after giving up nary a goal to both Elmhurst (Ill.) and Wartburg in their two previous games.

The Spartans improved to 8-0-1 all-time against the Scots, outscoring their Illinois counterparts by a grand total of 19-3. All three Monmouth goals were scored over the Spartans' first two years of competition in 2005 and 2006.

The Spartans head to Simpson College this Saturday, October 3 for the second Iowa Conference bout at 7:30 p.m. UD defeated Wartburg College in their IIAC opener last Saturday, 2-0.