The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s soccer team set the school record for most goals in one game with a 9-0 victory over Hilbert College at home Saturday, Oct. 19.
Right from the beginning, the Barons came out striving for a goal. In the first minutes of the match, a few players made attempts at a score but couldn’t find the net.
The game continued to be scoreless until sophomore midfielder Nick Miller, assisted by junior midfielder JP Bobak, had the perfect line to the back of the net, putting the Barons in the lead. They seized another opportunity when sophomore forward Mikey Irvin crossed the ball to senior defense Kevin Herrmann, who nailed the perfect shot 20 minutes in the match, giving the Barons even more fuel for their fire. This made the score 2-0.
The Barons continued to dominate the game as they made attempt after attempt, giving the Hawks no time to counter or recover. This energy carried into the second half as the players continued their onslaught.
A shot from Miller was blocked, but junior midfielder Sebastian Koehler came in for the rebound and scored. Just seconds later, Irvin scored with an assist by Koehler, and immediately after, another goal came from Miller with an assist from Bobak. With 20 minutes remaining, junior midfielder Joe Muldoon, with an assist from freshman midfielder Francisco Guizar, beat the goalie to the ball for another point on the board for the home team, bringing the score to 6-0.
The Hawks were desperate to net one and minutes later had a break away. However, sophomore defense Matthew Sherwood sprinted back in time to prevent the shot before it happened. With 14 minutes left, sophomore midfielder Nick Cross headed the ball in off of a cross from Muldoon to make the score 7-0. However, the Barons did not let up, and Cross scored again. With less than 8 minutes to go, Muldoon, with assists from sophomore defense Chris St. George and Guizar, scored the ninth goal of the game for the Barons and finished the game with energy still left.
Head coach Christian Bobak commented, “I was really proud of everyone who got in; a lot of contributions from a lot of areas.” His praise extended to Chris St. George, saying he was the player of the game.
The Barons are excited for their next home game against the D’Youville College Spartans Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.