Bradford, PA – The D'Youville men's soccer team kept up their hot start to conference play on Tuesday afternoon, defeating the host Pitt.-Bradford Panthers by the final score of 4-0.
D'Youville wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Hunter Sherman (Lockport, NY/Lockport) picked up where he left off on Saturday against Altoona as he scored his first of the game on a through ball from Jake Kowalewski (Attica, NY/Attica) in just the 4th minute.
Bradford began to pick up their offensive efforts as the half went deeper, but goalkeeper Kyle Dick (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) and the D'Youville defense were up to the task. The Spartans nearly doubled their lead in the 31st minute as a Sherman shot rang off the post, but the two teams would head into the half with the Panthers trailing 1-0.
As he did to begin the first half, Sherman would give the Spartans a quick goal to begin the second. After stealing a ball from the Bradford defender, Sherman walked in and beat the Panthers keeper to make it 2-0 in the 51st minute.
The next shot from the Spartans would come in the 81st minute and it was just the fifth shot of the half. Despite it being just the fifth shot of the half between the two teams, it would be the third goal for the Spartans as Josh Hammer (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) connected on an Alf Egge (Stavanger, Norway/Stavanger International) corner to give D'Youville a 3-0 lead.
Just four minutes later in the 85th minute, the Spartans would score their fourth and final goal of the game. Kowalewski played a ball into the box that found the feet of Brian Nwaekeke (Corona, NY/John F. Kennedy) and then found the goal. The men would hold firm defensively for the final five minutes as they would record their second straight shutout with the final of 4-0.
Dick and the D'Youville defense of Hammer, Kowalewski, Matt Davis (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport), and AJ Wade (Pendleton, NY/Starpoint) had another exceptional game for the men. Dick made six saves in the shutout; his second consecutive.
On offense, Kowalewski chipped in with a pair of assists and Sherman led the way with six shots and two goals. Hammer had another big performance on both ends of the field as he, along with Kowalewski, helped keep the shutout and impacted the game on the offensive end with his second goal of the season. Egge added an assist after scoring his first goal of the season on Saturday.
The next game for the men will come on Saturday as they play the Redhawks of La Roche at 3:15pm in Pittsburgh.