The Oglethorpe men's soccer team scored 17 goals over the weekend in a pair of SAA contests, throwing in eight Sunday afternoon in an 8-1 win over the Millsaps Majors at a rainy Oglethorpe Track and Field. The ridiculous goal-scoring output for the weekend marked the most goals scored over consecutive conference games in program history. It also served as the most scored in consecutive games overall for the Stormy Petrels since 2004 when they scored 22 goals over two games, including 18 in one game against Fisk.
The win also extended the Oglethorpe unbeaten streak in SAA contests to 24 games, and it improved the Petrels to 9-3 on the season overall and 4-0 in SAA play. They maintained a three-point lead over Centre and Sewanee for first place in the conference as they moved past the halfway point of the SAA season. The Petrels hold head-to-head tiebreakers over both teams, as well.
Oglethorpe got off to a blazing start for the second game in a row, finding their way onto the scoreboard within 10 minutes. Senior forward Ryan Marcano took a long ball over the top from senior midfielder Josh Bronstorph, dribbled around the goalkeeper, and slotted home the opening goal in the ninth minute.
Junior forward Matt Ward got on the board twice in a 10-minute span after that, tallying in the 15th and 24th minutes. Both came on feeds from Bronstorph, who wound up with three assists on the day and six for the weekend. The first came as Bronstorph lofted a ball into the box from the right, while the second happened on a corner kick that the Oglethorpe midfielder expertly delivered to the head of Ward.
Up 3-0, the Petrels kept pushing forward. They grabbed another goal off the foot of sophomore midfielder Affonso Temporal in the 30th minute when senior midfielder Gabe Alvarez sent in a free kick that Millsaps failed to clear out of the box. The ball fell to Temporal who slammed it home for the four-goal advantage.
Freshman forward James Williams then got in on the act, recording a hat trick in less than eight minutes of game time. He scored off a feed from Alvarez in the 38th minute, then took a poor back-pass from the Majors in front of goal and knocked it into the back of the net in the 42nd. The Petrel forward completed his hat trick just after halftime off a feed from sophomore forward Tuli Mwarumba in the 46th minute, giving his team a 7-0 advantage.
Sophomore midfielder Jack Butler got on the board for the first time as a Petrel in the 68th minute, as he completed the Oglethorpe scoring with a nice finish off a back-post cross from Alvarez.
The Majors pulled one back in the 71st minute, avoiding the shutout in the process. However, it was way too little too late for the visitors.
Oglethorpe outshot their opponent 29-10 overall and 16-6 in shots on goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Ulises Rodriguez recorded five saves en route to picking up his fifth victory of the year.
The Petrels hit the road on Friday and Sunday. They'll head to Memphis, Tennessee, to take on Rhodes Friday at 4 p.m. Eastern before continuing to Conway, Arkansas, for their battle with Hendrix Sunday at 2:30 p.m. With wins in both of those games, Oglethorpe would clinch at least a share of their fifth straight SAA regular season title and home-field advantage throughout the conference tournament.