BOLIVAR, Mo. — The Fort Hays State men's soccer team defeated Southwest Baptist on Friday, 9-0, behind Santiago Agudelo's hat trick. This was the Tigers' second hat trick of the season and seventh in school history. The Tigers improved to 4-2-1 on the season and begin MIAA play 1-0, while the Bearcats moved to 0-7 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
The Tigers began the game aggressive by firing off ten shots in the first ten minutes of the match as FHSU scored three goals in the first 7:50 of the contest. Arsenio Chamorro got things started for the Tigers as he connected on his second goal of the season on a pass from Tobias Patino, who placed the ball about 25 yards out from a corner kick that Chamorro drilled into the back of the net.
Agudelo scored his fourth goal of the year in the seventh minute after Chamorro's shot hit the post and Agudelo picked up the rebound and fired the ball into the net, giving the Tigers an early 2-0 lead. Chamorro increased the Tiger lead to 3-0 just 1:08 later, scoring his second goal of the contest on a pass from Agudelo on the left side of box to the foot of Chamorro who snuck the ball past the goalkeeper.
Coming off the bench, Nathan De La Hoya scored his first goal of the season on a through pass up the middle from Moritz Walther. Then, in the 26th minute Mauricio Etcheverry took a free kick and passed the ball ahead to De La Hoya, who flicked the ball ahead to Agudelo and then beat the keeper near the post for his second score of the contest and fifth of the season.
Fort Hays State took a commanding 5-0 lead into intermission after recording 16 shots in the first period, nine of those on frame.
The second half started about the same way as the first when Patino connected on a pass to Abdoulaye Cisse, who crossed the ball into the box to Agudelo who completed the hat trick in the 49th minute. In the 51st minute of the match, Patino collected his third assist of the contest when he found Agudelo over the top up the middle, who found Luis Torres in the box and scored his second goal of the season, taking a 7-0 lead over the Bearcats.
Alonso Rodriguez found the back of the net for the first time this year when he collected a ricochet off the keeper's chest to make the score 8-0 in the 60th minute. The Tigers weren't done yet as Mariano Benitez found Antonio De La Torre on a give-and-go pass that beat the keeper on the left side of the box.
After all was said and done, FHSU broke the school record for goals in a single match (nine) and points in a match (29), while they tied the match record for assists (11). The Tigers produced the fourth most shots in a single match with 31 on the afternoon. The Tigers set the largest margin of victory and the largest margin of victory on the road in school history with the 9-0 final score.
Agudelo set the individual record for the most points in a match (eight). He scored three goals (seventh hat trick in team history) and produced two assists. Patino tied the second-most assists in a match, when he supplied three different Tigers with goals. Caden Frank enters the top-five all-time with seven shots in the match, while tying the record for most shots on goal in a single contest (five).
Fort Hays State improved to 11-0 all-time against Southwest Baptist. Cullen Fisch earned the victory in goal, improving to 4-2 on the young season.
The Tigers are back in action on Sunday as they travel to Tahlequah, Okla. to take on No. 8 Northeastern State for a 1 p.m. kickoff on the pitch.