BURLINGTON, Vt. - The University of Vermont men's soccer team snapped a four-game winless streak with an impressive offensive outburst, posting a 5-1 victory over visiting Stony Brook at Centennial Field on Saturday afternoon. The match was the America East opener for both schools.
Senior Jordan Crasilneck (Eugene, Ore.) collected five points on the day, scoring once and handing out three assists. Teammates T.J. Gore (Macomb, Mich.) and Jake McFadden (Colchester, Vt.) picked up two goals each in the contest to lead the Catamounts.
"We had by far the best week of training heading into today's game and I think that played into the match," said Vermont head coach Jesse Cormier. "The guys finally showed what we are capable of on both sides of the ball. This is a great way to start conference play with this type of game."
The Catamounts struck quickly from the kickoff, scoring 1:59 into the match. Crasilneck sent a free kick from into the box and Gore was able to head it past SBU goalkeeper Dawid Ditricth, to put UVM up 1-0.
The Crasilneck-Gore combo connected again in the 27th minute to push Vermont's lead to two. Crasilneck controlled the ball in the midfield and fed a through pass to Gore, who picked it up in stride, and sent a strong low shot to the far corner of the net for his second goal of the game and the season.
Vermont would take its 2-0 advantage into the break, along with an 8-3 advantage in shots.
The Catamounts came out of halftime carrying the momentum they gained in the first half. UVM scored three straight goals in the first 12 minutes of the second stanza to push its advantage to 5-0.
McFadden scored his first tally of the contest in the 49th minute. Off a corner kick by Crasilneck, defender Connor Tobin (Fort Collins, Colo.) headed the ball down to Yannick Lewis (Toronto, Ontario) and Lewis one-timed it at Ditricth. Ditricth made the initial save, but McFadden was there to clean up the rebound for his third goal of the year.
Crasilneck picked up his third assist of the day seven minutes later on another set piece opportunity. Crasilneck served another ball into the box and McFadden was there to head it into the net for his second goal of the game.
Crasilneck closed out the scoring with his own goal at the 57:53 mark. On an attacking run in the box, he was taken down by a Stony Brook defender and awarded a penalty kick, which he converted for his second goal of the year.
Stony Brook spoiled the shutout with a goal by Mark Secko in the 66th minute.
Roger Scully (East Lyme, Conn.) picked up the win in net for the Catamounts and did not have to make a save. Sophomore Trevor Quinn (Milton, Vt.) played the final 1:20 of the game for Vermont. Ditrich was credited with three stops for Stony Brook.
Vermont improves to 4-2-4 overall and 1-0-0 in America East with the win, while Stony Brook falls to 2-9-1 overall and 0-1-0 in league play.
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