Youngwood, Pa. - The Penn State Greater Allegheny men's soccer team blew past non-conference foe, Westmoreland County Community College, Monday evening, by a margin of 9-0.
Three minutes into the game, junior midfielder Jake Thieret (Glassport, Pa./South Allegheny) recieved a pass from sophomore midfielder Belmo Nurkic (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin), who put GA up to a quick 1-0 lead.
Just five short minutes later, a nice pass from junior midfielder Nick Andrews (Penn Hills, Pa./Serra Catholic) resulted in a junior midfielder Marin Marina (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) goal, 2-0 Greater Allegheny.
In the 17th minute, sophomore midfielder Nick Schiller (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) began his scoring bregade. Within a total of 13 minutes, Schiller connected with Thieret, Andews and freshman midfielder Alex Kay Kay for a series of three goals in a row - a natural hat-trick. This is Schiller's first multi-goal game, noting his first hat-trick with the Lions.
GA led WCCC 5-0 heading into halftime.
Six minutes into the new half, Thieret recieved a ball from Marina, who found the back of the net and lifted the team over WCCC, 6-0.
Freshman Bryce Dean Johnson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh City Charter) found himself a deflection goal, his first of the season, 7-0 Lions.
With time ticking away, freshman center midfielder Aaron Aweke (Dubai/English College, Dubai) worked hard to get the final points of the game. The freshman found the feet of Marina and dished him the ball, 8-0 GA.
Just over twenty seconds left of the game, Kay Kay found Aweke for the final straw on the camel's back, 9-0 Greater Allegheny.
Sophomore goalie Mark Gobbie (Glassport, Pa./South Allegheny) guarded the net in the shutout win, stopping eight shots on net.
M. Marina posted nine shots on goal as Andrews, Schiller, Thieret and sophomore midfielder Kyle Griffin (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin) all posted five each.
As a team, Greater Allegheny ripped 47 shots, 18 on goal.
Greater Allegheny (3-1-2, 1-1-1 PSUAC) looks to travel to Thiel College, Saturday afternoon, for a 1 p.m. non-conference bout.