October 8, 2014

Loew nets hat trick as Wolverines rout Thiel

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Junior forward Seth Loew (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) recorded the second hat trick of his career and the Grove City College men's soccer team posted its highest single-game goal total in 18 years as the Wolverines cruised to a 9-0 victory over Thiel in Presidents' Athletic Conference action on Wednesday evening at College Field.

Loew also added a pair of assists for his first career eight-point game while freshman midfielder Tyler Snow (Syracuse, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius), sophomore midfielder Dale Reese (Rocky Hill, Conn./Loomis Chaffee), senior defender George DeAugustino (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley), freshman midfielder Peter Tobias (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny), senior midfielder Mike Shupp (Ephrata, Pa./Lititz Christian) and senior forward Jordan Carmichael (West Milford, N.J./West Milford) each added goals.

Senior Ben Weaver (York, Pa./Dallastown) earned the victory in goal after making one save in the first half while freshman Malcolm Blake (Moreland Hills, Ohio/Orange) combined with Weaver for the shutout after playing the second half in net.

Loew started the scoring for the Wolverines (6-4-1, 1-1 PAC) just over three minutes into the match when sophomore defender Frank Hueber (Philadelphia, Pa./Calvary Christian) played a long throw in over Loew's head, and Loew was able to seal his defender and beat Thiel goalkeeper Tyler Strite inside the right post for a 1-0 lead. The assist was Hueber's fourth of the season.

Loew netted his second goal at the 29-minute mark when Weaver followed his lone save with a booming, wind-aided punt that bounced over the back line of defense, and Loew was able head the ball past Strite, who had come out of goal, into the back of the net to make it a 2-0 game. The assist was the first of Weaver's career and the first assist registered by a Wolverine goalkeeper in at least 15 years.

Grove City's lead grew to 3-0 in the 43rd minute when sophomore David Wurmlinger (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon) dribbled along the left baseline and slotted a pass to Snow, who finished the ball from the doorstep inside the right post. The goal was the first of Snow's collegiate career while Wurmlinger notched his second assist of the season.

Loew completed his hat trick just 91 seconds into the second half when junior forward Tim Shackleton (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) dribbled along the left baseline and found Loew at the top of the six-yard box for a finish inside the left post to make it a 4-0 game. With his three goals, Loew moved into a share of the PAC lead with seven goals on the season while Shackleton recorded his second assist.

Junior Jake Botzenhart (Waxhaw, N.C./Parkwood) would initiate the Wolverines' next goal, sending a long through-ball ahead to Loew, who took his space before finding Reese alone right in front of the goal to increase the lead to 5-0. The assist was the first of Botzenhart's career while Loew recorded his sixth assist of the season and Reese his second goal.

The Wolverine advantage swelled to 6-0 in the 65th minute, when junior Jonathan Mathes (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) drew a foul in the box, and DeAugustino converted the ensuing penalty kick for his second goal of the season.

Shupp extended Grove City's lead to 7-0 in the 70th minute when Loew beat his defender and found Shupp alone on the doorstep for a tap-in goal. The goal was Shupp's first of the season while Loew notched his team-leading seventh assist.

Shupp would also be involved in the Wolverines' final two goals of the match, finding Tobias in the 74th minute for his first collegiate goal before beating a defender along the baseline and slotting a ball to Carmichael two minutes later to close the scoring at 9-0. The assists were the first two for Shupp in 2014 while Carmichael recorded his fourth goal of the season.

Strite made 10 saves in goal for Thiel. The Wolverines outshot the Tomcats 40-3, including a 19-1 advantage on goal.

With his performance, Loew moved into a tie for eighth place in Wolverine men's soccer history in both career assists (13) and career points (57).

Grove City’s nine goals were the most scored by the team since the Wolverines scored the same amount in a 9-1 victory over Waynesburg on September 24, 1996.

Grove City takes to the road on Saturday for a 12 p.m. conference match at Bethany.

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