Buena Vista, Va.-- The University of Mary Washington men's soccer team defeated the Knights 5-0 on Tuesday afternoon from Southern Virginia. The Eagles scored twice in the first half, and again three times in the second to cruise to victory. UMW improves to 12-6 overall and 5-3 in conference play to close out the regular season.
The first half saw the Eagles dominate play from the opening kickoff. Sophomore Jacob Keller got the scoring started with his first of the year at the 11:23 mark. Keller took a Jacob Burke cross in the middle of the box and put it past Knight keeper Scott Zaring. Senior Tanner Carlton scored right before halftime to give the Eagles a 2-0 advantage. Carlton took a cross from Carlos Mendoza and blasted it into the net from ten yards out.
Just 38 seconds into the second half, Mike Bennett increased the lead to 3-0. Bennett dribbled through the middle of the box to score on Zaring. The Eagles' lead was upped to 4-0 thanks to freshman Lino Gallo at the 61 minute mark. Gallo followed Bennett's lead and dribbled through the box to score an unassisted goal. Carlton capped the scoring just minutes later for his second of the game. Carlton hooked up with Mendoza, and headed his corner kick past Zaring.
The Eagles outshot the Knights (1-16-1) on the day 28-2. Freshman keeper and CAC Defensive Player of the Week Ian Waltz saved the lone shot he faced on the day. Kevin Murphy paced the Eagles with four shots, while Bennett, Carlton and Riley Fisher each added three apiece.
The men's soccer team returns to action on Saturday, November 2nd. The Eagles host Frostburg St. in the first round of the CAC Men's Soccer Tournament at the Battleground. The match with the Bobcats begins at 2:00 p.m.