Record: 9-5-1 Home: 5-2-1 Away: 4-3 Heart: 5-4
Cedric Petter was one of six players to score a goal Saturday
Cedric Petter was one of six players to score a goal Saturday
William Penn
Men's Soccer - Sat, Oct. 22, 2016

Springfield, Mo.--In one of the best offensive outputs in program history, the Statesmen men's soccer team defeated Evangel 8-0 in Heart of America Athletic Conference action Saturday.

Not only did William Penn (6-8-2, 3-6-1 Heart) end its three-game losing streak, but the squad also locked up a spot in the league tournament.  The navy and gold will now look to improve their position in the standings, hopefully earning a home game for the tourney.

The visitors posted a 28-6 advantage in shots, but did not score until the 16th minute.  At that moment, though, the floodgates opened as the Statesmen scored three times in just over two and a half minutes.

Joni Cruz (Sr., Salinas, Calif., Psychology) recorded the first goal unassisted at the 15:59 mark.

Nenad Markovic (So., Belgrade, Serbia) then scored 55 seconds later, while Lewis Hubbard (So., Colchester, England, Sociology) also did so in the 19th minute; Tom Denat (Fr., Tolouse, France, Physical Education) assisted both times.

Cedric Petter (Fr., Aachen, Germany, Business Management) pushed the advantage to 4-0 with his own unassisted goal.  The first half concluded with one more goal as Emmanuel Morris (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn., Business Management) made it 5-0; the double assist went to Steve Lee (So., Camberley, England, Exercise Science) and Joey Messina (Fr., New London, Wisconsin, Information Technology).

Cruz then went to back to work with back-to-back goals in the 54th and 61st minutes, while Denat managed the assist on the latter score. Cruz's hat trick is the first of the season and the first since Randolph Tamba also scored three goals against Evangel last year.  Denat's trio of helpers tied a school single-game record as well.

With time waning, Lee, with an assist to Edson Bangali (Fr., Huddersfield, England, General Accounting), tallied the final goal.

Caleb Pipes-Goulsbra (Jr., Lincoln, England, Exercise Science) recorded three saves for the shutout.

The eight goals tie for the third most in school history and are the most since scoring a school-record 15 on October 10, 2006.

"This was a strong performance for us in a vital road game," Head Coach Jaymee Highcock said.  "The guys worked very hard and it was good to see us get some goals on the board.  We will continue to push and finish the season as strong as possible."

Next Up: William Penn travels to Cedar Rapids Wednesday to face Mount Mercy in Heart action at 3 p.m.