Freshman forward Danny Arrubla scored a hat trick, leading MSU Denver men’s soccer to a 6-0 victory against Adams State University Oct. 23 at Auraria Field.
Arrubla was the first freshman to score three goals in a game since 2004.
“We just wanted to make sure we came out working hard and not let up easily,” Arrubla said. “Even though we beat them last game we had to make sure we got the same result this game.”
Metro started the game attacking Adams State and pushing their defense back, three minutes into the first half, Arrubla scored his 10th goal of the season. Junior midfielder Brendon Hughes set him up for the goal.
With 10 minutes left in the half the Roadrunners scored their second goal. Senior forward Marc Herschberger kicked a goal past the goalie after an assist from freshman midfielder Pierce Galan.
“We were able to come out and impose our will and luckily we got some early goals to really put them under,” Herschberger said.
The Roadrunners kicked up the intensity in the second half as the Grizzlies were more aggressive.
Metro’s defensive pressure gave them an edge in the second half.
“We wanted to overwhelm them a little more with pressure so we could win the ball higher up the field,” head coach Ken Parsons said.
The Roadrunners scored their third goal 10 minutes into the second half. Arrubla scored his second goal of the game after he maneuvered through the Grizzly defense. The score was 3-0.
The fourth goal came 10 minutes later, and Arrubla scored his third goal of the game and his 12th of the season.
The Roadrunners were running. The Grizzlies offense was tiring.
The Runners scored their last two goals in the final 15 minutes. Junior defender Andrew Meija shot a goal from just outside of the box and freshman midfielder Jocob Candelaria got an open shot from the top of the box. Candelaria’s goal was assisted by freshman defender Koko Zarov.
“We knew this was going to be a challenge, so for us to have improved on our statistics on Sunday is a good showing,” Parsons said.