Hat trick pushes Riverhawks to third consecutive shutout
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Hat trick pushes Riverhawks to third consecutive shutout


Bradley Dame

TNE Writer

Riverhawks men’s soccer saw their third shutout in a row in Saturday’s home game against Southern Nazarene. This game was also their most brutal, with the box score ending at 7-0, extending their winning streak to four, after a win against Ouachita Baptist and two shutout home games against Southwest Baptist and Oklahoma Baptist. The Riverhawks have had a successful season, their overall record now at 13-2-1.

“It was nice that we kept the clean sheet,” said Flynn Semmerling, freshman forward. “We’ve got good momentum, and I hope to keep it the rest of the season.”

It was a rigorous first half, with the Riverhawks taking several shots that did not quite find the back of the net. It was not until 30 minutes in that Blake Dumond, freshman forward made the first goal.

After this, the Riverhawks found their footing, scoring two more goals in the next ten minutes, another by Dumond and one by Justin Todd, senior forward, both assisted by Cullen Graham, junior midfielder, ending the first half up 3-0.

“It was exciting,” said Dumond. “It was a lot of fun. We took a while to get there, but once we did we didn’t stop.”

The Riverhawks kept their stride through the second half, with Semmerling scoring within five minutes with an assist by Todd.  The team added two more goals within 20 minutes of the half, with goals scored by Scott Adams, junior midfielder and James Doyle, sophomore defender with an assist from defender Ben Watson.

Southern Nazarene regrouped, and held off the Riverhawks until the very last minute. With an assist from Aaron Ugbah, junior forward, Dumond made his third goal of the game with just a minute left on the clock. This made for NSU’s first hat trick since 2015.

“Blake did great,” said Rob Czlonka, head coach. “He’s a great athlete with a competitive drive. The guys played well. No one was slacking.”

NSU outshot the Crimson Storm 25 to 4, with Dumond having a team high of six shota. This game was Dumond’s season high, with the hat trick bringing the freshman up to four goals over the season.

The Riverhawks return to MIAA conference action with the next two home games at 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 against Upper Iowa and at 1 p.m. on Nov. 4 against Lindenwood.

The Riverhawks have faced both these teams before back in September, with a 4-2 win against Upper Iowa and their only draw against Lindenwood, finishing 2-2 with overtime.

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