PIKEVILLE – Led by four goals from Exon Menjivar and a hat trick Daniel Olaniran, the University of Pikeville men’s soccer team routed Hiwassee 9-1 on Thursday night at the Bob Amos Complex.
It’s the second win of the season for the Bears against the Tigers. UPIKE won just 1-0 on the road on Sept. 5.
Olaniran struck first for the Bears in the 17th minute on a rebound of a missed shot by Menjivar that was saved by Tiger keeper Emmanuel Payton Lawson. Olaniran recovered the save just outside the box before delivering the go-ahead strike.
Menjivar then scored two straight goals in the 22nd and 39th minutes to start the Bear rout. Keeping up with the narrative of the first half, Olaniran delivered the assist on the first, then Garrett Kee booted a short cross to Menjivar on the second.
With just three minutes left until halftime, Olaniran got into the attack one more time, delivered another strike from the middle of the penalty box into the back of the net.
The Bears (2-6) outshot Hiwassee (1-9-1) 14-2 in the first 45 minutes, including a 9-1 advantage in shots on goal.
The fifth goal of the game was a beautiful one as Jerry Okoro sent a cross into the box that Menjivar went up for and headed in for his third goal of the contest.
UPIKE’s second hat trick of the game was tallied in the 50th minute when David Azcunaga hit a cutting Olaniran in stride for a powerful kick into the goal. Adding another name to the scoring list, Garrett Kee found the back of the net in the 63rd when he tapped Menjivar’s through ball past the Tiger keeper.
Kee ended up with his first goal and assist of the season after also delivering a pass to Menjivar for his second score of the game.
Hiwassee eventually got on the board in the 76th minute with a goal from Isaac Martinez sandwiched between two more UPIKE goals from Menjivar and Matthew Miller.
The Bears ended up with a 26-8 shot advantage and 20-5 edge in shots on target. UPIKE had a 3-2 lead in corner-kick tries and was called for three more fouls at 10-7.
Tait Torstensen finished with three saves to lead the Bears and also attained the rare feat of a keeper assists on his boot to Menjivar in the 69th minute. Emmanuel Payton Lawson collected 11 saves for the Tigers while allowing all nine goals.