The Oglethorpe men's soccer team started its home campaign on the right foot Tuesday evening, defeating Piedmont in its home-opener on a soggy Salamone Field, 4-1.
The Petrels got off to an excellent start and took control of the game early. A pair of Carlos Gaston goals assisted by Ellis Curry put them up 2-0 within 15 minutes. On the first one, Curry sent a low cross into the box. Gaston got on the end of it and knocked it past the Piedmont goalkeeper in the 13th minute. Then just over a minute later, Curry sent a long through-ball past the Piedmont back line. Gaston ran onto it and knocked it home to give the Petrels the two-goal lead.
The Petrels held the lead and controlled the game for the remainder of the first half, dominating possession and never really giving Piedmont any good attacking opportunities. The Petrels had some opportunites of their own, but were unable to convert.
In the second half, Piedmont started to see more of the ball and become more dangerous in the attacking third. Oglethorpe goalkeeper Frank Petersen made some key saves to maintain the two-goal lead. He finished with six saves on the evening, including five in the second half.
The Petrels put the game away in the 64th minute when Nick Muntean sent a cross into the box from the right side. It found the head of Jakub Madej, who directed it into the goal, giving the Petrels a commanding 3-0 lead.
Piedmont got a goal back in the 84th minute, but Oglethorpe would score once more to finish out the scoring. Taylor Carr picked up his first goal of the year in the 88th minute, finishing a cross from Ryan Nick.
The win improves the Petrels to 5-1 on the season. They will be off for over a week, next taking the field next Wednesday, September 26th, when they will travel to the Chattanooga area to take on Covenant. The game will kick off at 7 p.m.