Five minutes and six seconds was all Andres Ruiz needed for his first career hat trick as the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team handed Catawba a 4-0 defeat. The hat trick was the first from a Lenoir-Rhyne player since Josh Silent accomplished the feat on October 24, 2018.
Victor Cascon scored five minutes into the game off an assist by Jaime Poza. Cascon now has a goal in all three games for the Bears. Poza assisted on both of Cascon’s goals in the Bears last match against Wingate.
Cascon’s goal moved him into 9th place in points and 5th place in goals in team history.
Ruiz entered the game in the 36th minute and went on to score three goals in 5:06 minutes to gave the Bears the 4-0 lead before the halftime break. Poza had his second straight assist on Ruiz’s first goal. Poza has at least one point in all three matches to start his Lenoir-Rhyne career.
After the Bears grabbed the 4-0 lead, their defense took over only allowing three Catawba shots on the night.
Juan Basabe got his second clean sheet on the year. Basabe had one save on the night.
The Bears out shot the Indians 24-3 and had a 7-2 advantage on corner kicks. The contest marked the 20th career start for Benjamin Gnieser and David Sdzuy.
Four goals are the most by the Bears since beating Newberry 4-0 on October 12, 2019.
With the win, the Bears have beaten the Indians six straight times. L-R is 2-0-1 overall and in the conference. The Bears will face Coker next Thursday at 7:30 PM at home.