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September 12, 2010

Lutes Find Scoring Touch in Six-Goal Rout

PARKLAND- The Pacific Lutheran men's soccer team got it's first win of the season in high fashion, winning 6-1 over the visiting Trinity Lutheran University Eagles.  Chad Kearns led PLU with four goals in the win.

For the second straight day, Kearns struck within the first five minutes of the game, slotting his first of four goals into the back of the net after just four minutes.  The Eagles, however, responded with a goal of their own four minutes later through Reymundo Miranda.  The Lutes kept the back-and-forth start going with another Kearns goal at 8:32, his fourth of the season. Both of Kearns' first two goals came off of assists by Surafel Wodajo.

Kearns continued his monumental day by scoring two more on the day, coming at 23:47 and 65:08 to make the score 4-1 midway through the second half.  Giancarlo Santoro, a freshman from Sammamish, picked up his first goal of the season when he recieved a Stephen Gooding pass and took on three Eagles defenders on the endline and passed the ball sweetly into the net to take the score to 5-1.  Gooding got in on the scoring as well after connecting onto a perfectly weighted through ball from Derek Johnson and beating the keeper from 20 yards out. 

The last time the Lutes had scored six goals in a match came in 2008 when they defeated St. Mary's (Minn.), 6-2.  The Lute goalkeepers for the day, Brian Kostol and Joe Rayburn, faced a total of five shots, two on goal, and were forced into only one save. 

Kearns becomes the first player to score more than three goals in a match since Andy McDirmid set the school record with six goals against Linfield in 1992.

The Lutes host Willamette and Linfield next weekend in the start of the Northwest Conference schedule. 

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