Smith, Gerber Score Twice in Win Over Gallaudet
September 23, 2012
Senior Nate Smith (Hilton, NY/Hilton) and sophomore Austin Gerber (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) each scored two goals to power Keuka College’s men’s soccer team to a 6-3 win over Gallaudet University Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C.
Senior John Mastrella (Rochester, NY/Greece Athena) handed out two assists while a pair of freshmen, Matt Hey (Canandaigua, NY/Marcus Whitman) and Ben Schreiber (Hilton, NY/Hilton) each scored the first goals of their collegiate careers during the win for the Green and Gold (5-2, 3-2 North Eastern Athletic Conference).
A quick-strike attack staked the Storm to a 1-0 lead just 20 seconds in. Mastrella found Gerber, who ripped a shot from the left side of the goal.
Eight minutes later, Smith blasted a 30-yard shot into the right portion of the goal for a 2-0 lead, and Hey pushed the lead to 3-0, collecting a rebound off the crossbar and scoring in the 17th minute.
The score remained 3-0 until Smith scored his fifth goal of the year. Freshman Richie Weit (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) played a corner kick from the left side into Smith, who finished for a 4-0 lead in the 42nd minute. It was his first multiple-goal game of the season.
The Storm would score the first five goals of the game, capped by Gerbers goal in the 52nd minute.
The Bison got on the scoreboard on the first of Karlis Intsons’ two goals in the 53rd minute, but Schreiber restored the Storm’s five-goal lead in the 63rd minute. Off a blast from Mastrella, Schreiber collected the loose ball and scored into the lower right corner of the goal for a 6-1 edge.
Gallaudet would score twice during a 10-minute span midway through the second half, but freshman Preston Vick (Kendall, NY/Kendall) made six saves to preserve the win.
The Storm returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday night with a NEAC contest against Lancaster Bible College, the first of six straight home games for Keuka. The Chargers knocked the Storm out of the 2011 NEAC postseason tournament, handing Keuka a 2-0m setback in the quarterfinals.