The men's soccer team continued their torrid start to the 2011 season by notching their second straight SCAC win and fifth overall by racing past the University of Dallas on Salamone Field on Sunday, 4-0. In only 10 games this season the Petrels have already surpassed their goal total from last year, and scored four more today in a variety of ways.
Junior Ben Robertson got the party started in the 33rd minute by connecting on a deft free kick just outside the box, curling his shot around a bevy of Crusader defenders. The Petrels held a 7-4 shot advantage in the first half and took their 1-0 lead into the break.
In the second half Oglethorpe put on a goal scoring clinic in the span of 16 minutes to delight the Parents Weekend crowd on Salamone Field. Mark Lavery started the brilliant stretch by taking a beautiful through ball from Robertson and smashing it past Dallas keeper Blaise Dufrain in the 55 minute. After the Crusaders made one final push with a couple of shots that rattled the post, Oglethorpe put the game to bed decisively with two breakaway scores by Carlos Gaston on perfect passes just two minutes apart.
The first came in the 70th minute when Robertson collected his second assist on a perfectly timed through ball down the middle that Gaston raced under and beat the keeper one-on-one. The game-capping fourth goal, Gaston's second in two minutes, came when Harrison McConnell played yet another ball through, this one down the right, that Gaston once again finished skillfully.
The Petrels outshoot the Crusaders 21-7 in the romp and now move their record to 8-2 on the season. The team will now travel on successive SCAC weekends. First up: Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. this Friday at 8:00 p.m.