The Oglethorpe men's soccer team put together a dominating performance Friday night in Conway, Arkansas, defeating the homestanding Hendrix Warriors 6-0. The Stormy Petrels scored three goals in each half and outshot Hendrix 25-4 over the course of the contest. The result improved the Petrels to 8-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in SAA play.
The Petrels started their scoring barrage early, as junior midfielder Topher Marshall took a pass from junior forward Devon Patterson and scored 10 minutes into the game. They quickly doubled their advantage in the 14th minute as junior midfielder Ryan Marcano scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Andrew Grodhaus. The visitors took complete control of the game in the 36th minute when Marcano finished an assist from junior midfielder Jon Guy to give Oglethorpe a 3-0 lead. The Petrels outshot the Warriors 10-1 over the course of the opening period.
Oglethorpe continued their dominance in the second half. They extended their lead right away, as freshman defender Luis Chavez scored in the 47th minute. Guy followed up when he scored on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute, giving his team a 5-0 advantage. The Petrels completed their scoring in the 64th minute of the game, as sophomore midfielder Tyler Castor took a feed from sophomore forward Hudson Fennell and turned it into the net to make it a 6-0 advantage for the visitors.
In addition to the 25-4 overall shot count, the Petrels outshot the Warriors 15-2 on goal. Oglethorpe took 13 corner kicks to just three for Hendrix. Marshall, Patterson and sophomore midfielder Adam Sole each took three shots. The Petrels had 12 different players take at least one shot. Senior Luke Whelan and sophomore Scott Zoino combined for the shutout in the net. Each played a half and each recorded a stop on the evening.
"We looked to come out of the gates and really put them under pressure," said Oglethorpe head coach Jon Akin, "and I thought we did just that. When you score two goals in the first 15 minutes and have a 3-0 lead before halftime, that puts you in pretty good position. This was a good performance, but we have a quick turnaround to our game on Sunday, so we'll have to reset and get ready for that one against a good Rhodes team."
The Petrels will take on Rhodes at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday in Memphis, Tennessee. The Lynx ceded first place in the league to the Petrels on Friday, but it'll still be a battle of the top two teams in the league, with the 2-0-1 Petrels going against 2-1 Rhodes. After that, Oglethorpe will return home to take on Millsaps and Birmingham-Southern.