The Oglethorpe men's soccer team extended their unbeaten streak to 17 games dating back to the 2018 season with a comprehensive 5-1 win over the Gordon Fighting Scots Sunday evening at the Oglethorpe Track and Field. The Stormy Petrels jumped on their opponent early and didn't let up, burying Gordon with three first-half goals. The result improved the home side to 4-0 on the young season.
It didn't take long for the Petrels to dent the scoreboard in their home opener, as sophomore forward Abraham Lopez received a deft pass from senior midfielder Andrew Grodhaus and finished past the Fighting Scot goalkeeper to give his team a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute. The Petrels doubled their advantage in short order, as freshman midfielder Fernando Guevara ran onto the end of a low ball that senior defender Christian Waegelin played to the far post and tapped it home in the 37th minute.
The Petrels added another before halftime, as freshman forward James Williams ran onto a loose ball in the box and slammed it past the Gordon keeper in the 42nd minute. It culminated a period in which the home side outshot the visitors 9-3.
Oglethorpe picked up where they left off to start the second half. They won a penalty kick in the 47th minute and junior defender Sebastian Carlson beat Gordon goalkeeper Wesley Sprague to his left to make it 4-0.
The Fighting Scots got a goal back in the 51st minute, as they scored on an indirect free kick from the edge of the six-yard box after Oglethorpe goalkeeper Scott Zoino handled a backpass from a defender.
It proved to be only a momentary setback for Oglethorpe, however, as Williams bagged his second goal of the game in the 66th minute when senior midfielder Josh Bronstorph sent a perfect through ball to him on the far post.
Oglethorpe outshot Gordon 20-6 for the game, including an 11-4 margin in shots on goal.
The Petrels will next head to Virginia for a big two-game swing against No. 22 Lynchburg and nationally-renowned Washington and Lee. They'll play the former Friday at 7 p.m. and the latter Sunday at 3 p.m.