It took the Hamline men's soccer team 190 minutes to score its first goal of the season. They didn't wait nearly as long to improve on that total.
Sam Studer scored two goals less than three minutes apart and trio of Jesse Hawker, Greg Northrop and Connor Benson added a goal and an assist apiece as the Pipers gave the left side of the scoreboard a workout in a 6-1 decision over North Central Tuesday afternoon at Paterson Field.
It was a memorable days in more ways than one. It marked the first head coaching win for HU mentor Alex Morawiecki and it was the largest output by a HU team since 2005.
After a pair of tough 1-0 losses last weekend, the Pipers were hungry for a goal. Hawker gave it to them with a shot from a sharp angle 10:31 into the game. Marko Doder connected three minutes later and it appeared HU was off and running. But the Rams ( 1-1) had other ideas. They stiffened defensively and got back into the game at 2-1 from a goal with less than two minutes remaining in the half.
It stayed that way until Studer kicked off a second half outburst by tapping in a Brian Stout pass at 71:44. Three minutes later, Studer re-directed Sam Slagle's corner kick into the net to make it 4-1. Benson then finished off a play by nicking a ball that bounced off a NCU defender into the net and Northrop laced a 20-foot into the upper right hand corner to wrap up a pleasant afternoon for their coach, a former Piper soccer player himself.
Hamline is now 1-2-0 overall and will host Minnesota-Morris Saturday at Paterson. Game time is 1:30 p.m.
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