• High Point ran away with a 10-0 win over Laurel University on Sunday night at Vert Stadium.
• The Panthers tied their program Div. I record for goals in a game, which they set against Laurel last season.
• HPU has now held its opponents scoreless for the past 388 minutes stretching over four games.
HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University men’s soccer team picked up a 10-0 win over Laurel University on Sunday night at Vert Stadium. HPU matched the program’s Div. I single-game record for goals scored in the win.
“I am very pleased that we were able to keep a clean sheet as well as find the back of the net tonight,” head coach EJ O’Keeffe said. “It is important for us to get in the rhythm and routine as we face arguably our biggest week of the season with two very good conference opponents on the schedule. Hopefully we can build on this success as we head into those games this week.”
High Point moves to 4-3-3 overall with the victory over the Lions who drop to 1-7-1 on the season.
The Panthers scored six first-half goals with sophomore Avery Ryan accounting for three. Redshirt senior Colscon Wiley got the Panthers on the board in just the fourth minute with his first goal of the season off a pass from senior Collin Sweeney. After an own goal by Laurel increased the HPU lead to 2-0, Ryan scored three goals in a span of five minutes to extend High Point’s advantage. The Panthers’ final goal in the opening 45 came from redshirt-senior Colscon Wiley who scored off a rebound from a shot by freshman Ryeong Choi.
High Point picked up in the second half where it left off, notching four more goals in the second 45. Sophomore Poli Rodriguez played a part in all four second-half goals, scoring two and assisting on the other two. The Panthers scored three in a five-minute window starting in the 62nd as Rodriguez notched his first collegiate goal on a pass from junior Renato Punyed, assisted on a goal by Sweeney then scored his second of the half off a pass from sophomore Ebe Kudolo. The outside back then found redshirt-sophomore Yosef Teffera for the 10th and final goal in the 76th minute.
Ryan and Rodriguez both finished with multiple goals in the win while both Rodriguez and Sweeney had at least one goal and one assist on the night.
HPU outshot Laurel by a 35-2 margin and put 21 shots on target. The Panthers also had 11 corner kicks in the contest while not allowing one to the Lions. The 10 goals by High Point matches the Div. I single-game record set against Laurel last season.
Redshirt-senior Kody Palmer made one save to record his fourth-straight shutout and his sixth of the season. The Panthers have held their opponents scoreless for the last 388 minutes of action stretching over four games.
High Point continues its current home stand on Wednesday, Oct. 7, when the Panthers will host Liberty as part of an HPU soccer double header. The game will kickoff following the conclusion of the women’s soccer game against Coastal Carolina, which start at 4 p.m.