BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College's Andre Scott and Alex Smith scored two goals, apiece, leading the Bulldogs to a convincing 7-0 victory over Asbury (Ky.) in NAIA action on Wednesday at Burch/Nau Field.
With the victory, Union moved to 7-7-3 on the year, while Asbury fell to 9-7 with the loss.
"I'm happy with the fact that we finally played a full 90 minutes out there today," said head coach Tyler Brock. "We have been trying to limit our mistakes, and we did that today, which was great. Our back line of Rasid Samjilovic and Maurico Perini had a great game, as did our goalie Juan Gallegos.
"It was a great collective effort from our guys. Our maturity level is very high right now, which is great with an important match coming up on Saturday."
In the first 15 minutes of play, Union had several chances to crack a scoreless tie, but could not get a shot past Asbury goalie John Burns, who made four saves in the beginning of the match.
However, in the 17th minute, Union finally cashed in on a chance, as Smith scored his first goal of the day off a Callum Tychowski cross in the box to make the score 1-0.
At the end of the half, Union added two more goals to take a 3-0 lead going into intermission. The first occurred in the 40th minute after an Asbury defender knocked in a Victor Lima shot into the net for an own goal. The second came in the 42nd minute, as Scott scored his first goal of the day off a through ball from Jordan Johnson to give the Bulldogs a three-goal lead.
In the second half, Union added four more goals to blow past the Eagles.
Scott gave the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead in the 54th minute, notching his second goal of the day off a pass from Hugo Sanchez. Two minutes later, Smith scored his second goal off a Scott pass, giving Union a 5-0 lead.
Union's final two goals of the day were scored by Jamie Mclellan (off a Tychowski corner) in the 73rd minute on a header, and by James Paull in the 78th minute on a shot off a deflected save.
Overall, Union outshot Asbury 19-9 in the contest, and held a large 12-1 edge on corner kicks. In net, Gallegos got the start and earned a shutout victory, making four saves on the day (all in the second half).
By the Numbers
- Smith's two-goal day was his third multiple score day of the 2013 season. He has now scored 12 goals on the season, a team-high.
- Scott came into the match scoring one goal on the year, recording the first multiple-goal game of his career in the victory.
- Mclellan scored his first career goal in the win, while Paull scored the second goal of his season.
- The 7-0 win for Union was their biggest margin of victory on the year, surpassing a 6-0 win over Brescia (Ky.) earlier in the season. The Bulldogs also end their out-of-conference schedule on the year with a 5-2-2 mark.
Union hosts Montreat (N.C.) in their regular season finale on Saturday at Bulldog Field. The AAC contest gets underway at 3 p.m.