Men's Soccer: McDaniel's Hat Trick Paces Titans in 9-0 Shutout of Rockford in Season Opener

Saturday, August 31, 2013

DEFIANCE, Ohio - The Westminster College men's soccer team shutout Rockford University, 9-0, at the Purple and Gold Classic hosted by Defiance College on Saturday. Sophomore Stephen McDaniel (Jamestown, NC / Southwest Guilford) guided the Titans with a hat trick, his first three-goal game of his career.

The Titans scored five goals in the first half and four in the second. Westminster also out-shot the Regents 40-3. The other six goals, aside from McDaniel's, came off the foot of six different Titans.

McDaniel scored the first goal of the game at the 10:27 mark with a header directly off a corner kick from senior David Osae (Bedford, TX / Lawrence D. Bell). McDaniel scored his second goal at the 20:53 mark after a long strike from about 25 yards. McDaniel completed the hat trick with a goal in the second half (67:42).

Titan sophomore goalie Tyler Little (Slippery Rock, PA / Slippery Rock) got the complete-game shutout with one save.

Westminster will play Defiance on Sunday in its last game of the two-day tournament. The starting time is slated for 3 p.m.

Here's a complete list of today's scoring:
1.  10:27  WES Stephen McDaniel (1), assisted by David Osae (header directly off corner)
2.  16:52  WES David Osae (1) (unassisted) (Shot deflected in off defender)
3.  20:53  WES Stephen McDaniel (2) (unassisted)(Long strike from about 25 yards)
4.  24:52  WES Marcus Gurgiolo (1) (unassisted) (Came in from left side of box and shot from just outside of the 6)
5.  27:41  WES Ethan McCarthy (1), assisted by Marcus Gurgiolo
6.  67:42  WES Stephen McDaniel (3) (unassisted)
7.  77:04  WES Cody Culp (1) (unassisted) (Cross from about 45 turns into goal)
8.  79:10  WES Jeremy Wiening (1) Marcus Gurgiolo (Long through ball, shot from just inside 18 on right side)
9.  87:34  WES Alec Fisanick (1) (unassisted) (scored off of a scramble in front)

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.