Soccer (M)

Men's Soccer falls to Wingate

SALISBURY, NC -- Wingate junior Ben Hill (Pensacola,FL) scored three goals to lead the Bulldogs past host Catawba 4-2 in South Atlantic Conference men's soccer action on Wednesday night at Frock Field. Wingate improves to 7-5 overall and 3-0 in the SAC, while Catawba falls to 7-5 and 1-2. Wingate wasted little time in grabbing the advantage. After nearly scoring on a shot by Tarik Guendouzi (Cardiff, WALES) in the second minute, Hill found the net for the first time at the 2:19 mark on an assist by Guendouzi. Twenty minutes later, Guendouzi would score on a cross by Dennis Pettigrew (Oviedo, FL). Catawba got a goal back in the 29th minute on a solo effort by Mike Delabar (St. Louis, MO). The senior held off a defender as a dribbled across the top of the penalty box to fire past Philip Poole (Newcastle, ENGLAND). Less than three minutes later, Hill would score again off a perfect cross from Guendouzi. Hill earned his hat trick 10 minutes into the second half, taking a pass from Hyrum Hoecherl (West Valley, UT), he dribbled past the charging David Durham (Oar Ridge, TN), in goal for Catawba, and fired into an empty net. Kyle McAleese (Stafford, VA) brought Catawba within two goals at the 73:28 mark, ripping a shot past Poole on an assist from Damian Morales (Pasadena, MD). Delabar nearly closed the gap to a single goal, but his shot with five minutes to play was off the post. WINGATE (7-5, 3-0) 3 1 -- 4 CATAWBA (7-5, 1-2) 1 1 -- 2 SCORING SUMMARY W - 2:19 - Ben Hill (13) (Tarik Guendouzi) W - 21:18 - Guendouzi (6) (Dennis Pettigrew) C - 28:56 - Mike Delabar (6) W - 31:31 - Hill (14) (Guendouzi) W - 55:30 - Hill (15) (Hyrum Hoecherl) C - 73:28 - Kyle McAleese (1) (Damian Morales) Shots at Goal: Wingate 16, Catawba 14 Corner Kicks: Wignate 7, Catawba 5 Goalkeeper Saves: Wingate - Philip Poole 5 Catawba - David Durham 2 Offsides: Wingate 14, Catawba 1 Fouls: Wingate 22, Catawba 17 Cautions: Wingate - Lemons (66'), Hill (84'); Catawba - Ry.Hudgins (64') ATT - 207. #######

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