Niklas Bauer scored three times on Saturday to lead Laurier to a 6-0 win over Algoma (Photo Credit: Christian Bender)
Laurier: 6 Algoma: 0
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. (September 24, 2016) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (4-3-1) men’s soccer team travelled north to kick off a two game series against the Algoma Thunderbirds (0-8-1), where Niklas Bauer
scored three goals in a 6-0 victory.
The Hawks offensive pressure got off to a quick start. Only six minutes into the game, Brady Kelly
(Guelph, Ont.) found the foot of Luca Pietropaolo
(Woodbridge, Ont.), who opened the Hawk’s offensive burst by tallying Laurier’s first goal of the day.
Following up on his lead was Nikola Miokovic
of Kitchener, Ont., who scored Laurier’s next two goals just nine minutes apart to give Laurier a 3-0 lead midway through the first 45.
Despite their early lead, Laurier refused to take their foot off the gas. With four minutes left in the first half, Bauer, a native of Newmarket, Ont., capitalized on a pass from MICHAEL WARDEN
of Oakville, Ont., to give the Hawks a 4-0 cushion going into the second half.
Algoma’s chance of a comeback was put to bed by the last 45 minutes, as they were unable to answer any of Laurier’s goals.
In a final hoorah, the last two minutes of the game saw Bauer chalk on two more goals for the Hawks. These tallies not only round out a hat trick for Bauer and solidify his title as Laurier’s top goal scorer, but ensured the purple and gold a 6-0 victory against the Thunderbirds.
Thanks to their impressive performances this afternoon, Miokovic and Bauer are now tied as top goal scorers in the OUA, with six goals each. In addition, the two men now have eight points apiece, consequently securing them in a tie for first place in the conference for points.
In goal, Laurier’s first year starting goalkeeper, Rocco Strazzella
of Woodbridge, Ont., earned his third shut out of the season by making two saves in his 90 minutes of action.
The Golden Hawks look to repeat today’s outcome on Sunday, when they play their second straight game against the Thunderbirds. Kickoff is set for 2:15pm at Sault Ste Marie Superior Heights.