GREENVILLE, Ill. – GC men’s soccer hung a season-high nine goals on SLIAC foe Spalding University in Saturday’s convincing 9-0 route.
Seniors Daniel Taylor and David Dunlop spearheaded the Panther attack in the dominating victory, each netting two goals a piece. Taylor struck three balls and added an assist, while Dunlop attempted five shots to contribute to the 31 total team chances.
Defensively Greenville surrendered only two shots to the Golden Eagles in the contest, with keepers Nathan Haas, Will Lange, and Ian McReynolds all seeing time in the shutout. Starting senior GK Haas registered the win playing 35:00 minutes of action in first period play. Fellow senior Lange saw relief duty in the tilt and posted 27:00 minutes, while freshman McReynolds notched 28:00 scoreless minutes in his second half campaign.
The conference duel proved to be a lop-sided affair early, as Taylor opened the scoring in the 8th minute on a ball from sophomore Aaron Mulholland. Senior Craig “Cobi” Allen struck next for the Panthers, burying his chance at 19:45 on an assist by junior Nathan Mayberry. Dunlop would stretch the margin to 3-0 in the 26th minute, connecting on a shot placed by Allen and Mayberry. Following Dunlop’s lead, Mayberry joined the scoring party in the 31st minute, placing his shot past the Spalding’s keeper to distance the GC squad 4-0. In the closing minutes of first period play freshman Ryan Sanfilippo registered his goal on a blast to the back of the net, serving the Black & Orange a 5-0 lead heading into intermission.
In the opening minutes of the second half the tandem of Dunlop and Taylor again put GC on the board with goals in the 48th and 60th minutes. Sanfilippo claimed his second goal of the game in the 68th on a pass from junior Dan Ruder to further the spread to 8-0. Senior Josh Cranston finalized the score 9-0 at 73:29 as he connected on another brilliant chance set-up by Ruder.
With the win GC men’s soccer stands at 6-3-3 (2-0 SLIAC) and will return to action against Benedictine-Springfield on Monday, October 3 at home.