The Oglethorpe men's soccer team earned an impressive 3-1 victory over the homestanding Sewanee Tigers Friday night in Tennessee, as junior Topher Marshall enjoyed his best performance of the season so far for the Stormy Petrels. The Petrel midfielder recorded his first career hat trick and put the Sewanee goal under siege over the course of the game, firing eight shots and putting four of them on goal.
Marshall got the scoring off to an early start, as he converted off an assist from sophomore forward Gabriel Alvarez in the ninth minute to give Oglethorpe a 1-0 lead. The Tigers answered back with a goal of their own in the 11th minute, but the Petrels continued with Marshall at the helm of the attack. He fired a couple shots, one of which Sewanee goalkeeper Will Merriman was forced to make a save on, over the next two minutes, then put his team back on top in the 22nd minute when he collected a feed from junior midfielder Ryan Marcano and finished it, giving his team a 2-1 edge. He also hit the post with an effort on goal later in the half.
In the second period, the Petrels continued to apply pressure to the Sewanee defense, and they got the goal that put them in command of the game in the 63rd minute. Marshall netted his third goal of the game and his fifth goal of the season to all but secure the game for the Petrels.
Overall, the Petrels outshot the Tigers 17-7 for the game, including an 11-5 mark in the first half. That included a 7-4 advantage for the Petrels in shots on goal and a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Senior goalkeeper Robert Goldin picked up his second win of the season, recording three saves in the process.
"Obviously, Topher was outstanding today, and I thought we were good offensively overall," said Oglethorpe head coach Jon Akin. "We put them under pressure from the beginning of the game, and it paid off. Between the Roanoke game and this one, I think we're starting to get into more of a rhythm offensively. Hopefully, we can carry that forward into Monday's game and on into next weekend."
The win improved Oglethorpe's record to 6-2-1 on the season overall and 1-0-1 in SAA play. They'll now return home to take on No. 17 Washington (Missouri) Monday at noon in a non-conference showdown. After that, they'll go back on the road in SAA play to take on Hendrix on Friday and Rhodes on Sunday.