PIKEVILLE – Just over a minute into the game, Bluefield (Va.) scored a goal, setting up a dominant offensive night on its way to a 5-1 win over the University of Pikeville men’s soccer team on Wednesday in the Mid-South Conference home opener at the Bob Amos Soccer Complex.
The Bears (3-4, 1-1 MSC) got on the board just as quickly at the start of the second half as Cooper Gaypia went flying down the field untouched for a goal, but by that time the Rams led 2-1 and went on to score three more times in the half.
Five different Bluefield (3-4, 1-1 MSC) players scored a goal, including Forrest Yates and Adam Hern in the first 45 minutes and Jacob Mader, James Gunn and Matthew Plucinski in the second frame.
Mader also provided the assist on the first two goals, while Andres Palacios assisted the fourth and Gunn added an assist on the final score of the contest.
Momentum seemed to be heading UPIKE’s way after Gaypia’s electric start to the second half, but Bluefield’s counter 12 minutes later took the Bears out of their system on the way to a lopsided loss.
The Rams took 16 shots compared to 13 for the Bears, including a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal. Bluefield had four players take three shots with each of them placing two of the attempts on frame.
Exon Menjivar and Dean Johnson paced the UPIKE attack with four shots each, while Gaypia finished with three attempts to get the lone goal.
A physical match saw Pikeville end with a slight edge in fouls at 20-18 and an advantage in corner-kick chances, 5-2.
Alfredo Piedra finished with five saves and five goals allowed, while Ram keeper Jefferson Watson collected three saves.
Pikeville will host Brescia in its next match at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Bob Amos Soccer Complex.