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The No. 7-ranked men’s soccer team extended their winning streak to seven last Saturday, defeating Sewanee: The University of the South (Tenn.) by a handsome score of 3-0. The win improved the Eagle’s overall record to 9-0-1.

It was another impressive all-around performance by the Eagles. They controlled possession with great passes and incredible defensive play. More importantly, the team executed offensively, scoring multiple times.

The first goal of the game came in the 14th minute off of a beautiful passing combination. First, senior forward Dylan Price quickly passed the ball to freshman midfielder Jason McCartney. McCartney then delivered a perfect pass through the defense to junior forward Sebastian Hardington. Finally, Hardington, already through the defense, took advantage of his opportunity and sent the ball past the keeper.

“It was a great all around team performance,” Hardington said. “We were good in possession, created lots of chances and put three away.”

The second goal of the game did not come until the 57th minute of the match, when Price took advantage of a great pass by senior defender Zachary Rosenberg. Receiving the long pass, Price scored the goal from very far out.

Hardington scored the last goal of the game in the 85th minute. The penalty kick goal delivered the final blow to Sewanee and brought the score to 3-0. With his first multi-goal game, Hardington now leads the team in goals with five.

Whereas the Eagles’ offense was great, the defense was even better. The squad only allowed Sewanee to attempt six shots throughout the entire game. Even more impressive was the fact that the defense only allowed one shot on net. Junior goalkeeper Abe Hannigan made one save, achieving the shutout.

The shutout was the Eagles fourth in a row, and six overall this season. To put it into context, the team has not allowed a goal for six hours of gameplay.

Leading the defensive effort this season is captain Matt Sherr. When asked about his thoughts on the team’s performance, Sherr complimented his squad.
“With four straight shutouts, the team defense has been incredible,” he said. “We won’t stop, though … we are looking to continue our shutout streak, but more importantly our winning streak.”

With the seven game winning streak on the line, the Eagles will look to keep up their strong play tomorrow, Oct. 1 against Oglethorpe University (Ga.) at 7 p.m. at the WoodPEC.

-By Michael Scheck, Staff Writer

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