COLUMBIA, Ky. – Philip Sandgren scored two goals and assisted on two others to lead the top-seeded Lindsey Wilson College men's soccer team past Point Park (Pa.) 7-2 on Saturday in the opening round of the NAIA National Championship at Walter S. Reuling Stadium.
The Blue Raiders advance to the second round in Montgomery, Ala., where they will face Concordia (Ore.) at 4 p.m. CT on Monday, Nov. 26 at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex. Concordia won its opening-round game 3-1 against Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) on Saturday.
Against Point Park, the goals came early and they came often, as the first 15 minutes saw the teams combine for five scores.
Albert Edwards started things off in the second minute by scorching a shot from 30 yards out on the left side into the back of the net. Four minutes later Lebogang Moloto's corner kick reach Philip Sandgren in the penalty box who flipped it over to Kirk De Boer for an easy score.
The 2-0 advantage lasted literally seconds as the Pioneers countered with a goal from Matt Annecchiarico. Then in the 10th minute it was Sandgren on the assist again as he found Yazeed Davids tearing down the middle of the field to finish the team's third goal.
Point Park scored again in the 13th minute, but that would be the final goal of the half, allowing Lindsey Wilson to take a 3-2 lead into the break.
In the second half, the entire script of the game flipped as trading goals was over and Lindsey Wilson went on a 4-0 scoring streak to put the Pioneers away.
Second-half goals came in the 52nd, 61st and 64th minutes, showing how fast a one-goal deficit can turn into a 7-2 rout against the 20-1 Blue Raiders. After playing the passing role in the first half, it was Sandgren who found the back of the net twice after halftime.
Moloto and Renan Serafim also added goals, while Davids took over where Sandgren left off with a pair of assists.
Lindsey Wilson outshot Point Park 18-9 overall and 12-5 in shots on goal. Sandgren led the way with four shots, including two on frame, while Annecchiarico paced the Pioneers with four shots.
Fouls were nearly even with the Blue Raiders in front 12-10, but they took a larger lead in corner-kick chances at 7-3.