Tomter Records Hat Trick In Route To 10-1 Victory Over Chowan
MURFREESBORO – Sophomore Martin Tomter recorded a hat trick in the span of twelve minutes to help the UNCP men's soccer team capture its most lopsided victory in 25 years with a 10-1 rout of Chowan at the Soccer Complex.
Tomter posted a hat trick last season against Chowan (0-3-0) only to repeat himself as the Braves (4-0-0) hold a five-game winning streak in the series with the Hawks. Tomter scored his first goal in the 75th minute from 13 yards out to place the ball in the far corner of the goal. Less than 10 minutes later, Tomter nailed his second goal from seven yards away before capturing the third goal on a cross pass from Brett Luccia in the 87th minute.
The result marked the first time in seven years that UNCP has started its season with four wins. The Braves, amid their march to the NCAA Final Four, began the 2004 campaign with five-straight victories.
Chowan gathered an early start by grabbing the first goal more than two minutes into the game. Biez Neto shot from three yards out on assists by Kenny Moore and Brandon Chamber. Transfer Sam Miles started the momentum for the Black and Gold a short time later off of an assist by Sean Hoek.
Jeff MacDonald posted two consecutive goals to give the Braves the lead. MacDonald's first goal came less than 20 seconds after Miles' goal off the cross pass by Adam Smith, and then placed the ball in the top right corner of the goal to post his second goal at 13:23.
Miles headed the ball from seven yards out to collect his second goal of the game in the 16th minute on the assist by Smith. Matt MacDougall added the final goal of the half as he scored following a Chowan foul. The Braves entered halftime with a 5-1 score while out-shooting the Hawks 19-3.
Smith scored the first goal in the second half from three yards out on the assist from Miles before Luccia scored from five yards out on the cross pass by MacDougall. The Braves tallied 14 fouls in the game compared to Chowan's seven fouls as well as out-shooting the Hawks 39-6.
Tomter held a team-high eight shots while Smith tallied seven shots and two assists. MacDougall, Miles and Braxton Perkins tallied three shots apiece while MacDonald totaled five. Freshman goalkeeper Joe Cullip collected one save in the 90 minutes between the goal posts.
Moore led the Hawks with three of the total six shots for Chowan while goalkeeper Ethan Philps recorded 90 minutes in goal along with six saves.
"We had a positive performance today which resulted in a lot of players contributing," said UNCP head coach Phil Hindson.
UNCP will continue on the road as its battles Brevard (0-3-1) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Eagle Field on the campus of Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C.