Sept. 14, 2007
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Sophomore Chris Leer netted a career-high two goals and four other Aggies found the back of the net en route to a lopsided 6-0 shutout of Indiana-Purdue Ft.Wayne in a non-conference men's soccer match Friday night during the opening game of the Oregon State Diadora Classic at Paul Lorenz Field.
The Aggies, who entered the contest ranked No. 4 in the nation in goals per game, improve their record to 3-1-1 this season while the Mastodons fall to 2-4-1.
The six-goal margin of victory is also the fourth-largest in school history and marks the first time since 2002 that the Aggies have scored at least six goals in one game.
The two-goal performance by Leer pushes his season total to four and extends his scoring streak to four games. He is now tied with junior Sule Anibaba for the team lead with seven points.
Anibaba was one of a handful of Aggies to score a goal in the contest. His goal in the opening minutes of the second half was his fourth of the season.
Sophomore Paul Marcoux and freshman Miles Hadley each notched their second scores of the season while junior Quincy Amarikwa, who led the team with nine goals last year, tallied his first goal of the season.
Amarikwa got the scoring started for the Aggies just over two minutes into the contest as he took a pass from senior captain Nicholas Lind and beat the goalkeeper one on one. Marcoux would add another goal 15 minutes later to put the Aggies up 2-0.
Just before the half, Leer took a pass from Julian Godinez off his chest past the Mastodons' goalkeeper to make the score 3-0 heading into the break. It was the first collegiate assist from Godinez.
Anibaba scored his goal in the 47th minute as he connected on his team-leading third penalty kick of the season. Leer added his second goal of the game almost three minutes later off a cross from Junior Ian Conklin. The assist was Conklin's second of the season, which is also a team high.
The sixth and final goal of the game came in the 58th minute as Hadley scored unassisted.
Brian Wickers made three saves in goal to earn the first shutout of his collegiate career. He entered the contest at the Big West leader in saves with 18.
Despite giving up six goals, Josh Howell made 10 saves for IPFW as the Aggies managed to get 16 of their 23 shots on goal.
The Aggie defense was also a big part of the night as they recorded their first shutout of the season and held IPFW to only five shots. UC Davis also held the advantage in corner kicks, 9-0.
The Aggies conclude their stay at the OSU tournament tomorrow with a game against Oakland at 5:00 p.m. Oakland and IPFW are both members of the Summit League.