ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Carleton College men's soccer team had quite a week, defeating a pair of regionally-ranked opponents, with one of the wins coming in conference play. Knights' first-year forward Peter Passalino (Lake Forest, Ill.) had a breakout performance with all three of Carleton's goals in Saturday's 3-1 win over MIAC foe Augsburg. As a result, Passalino was named the MIAC Men's Soccer Athlete-of-the-Week.
Passalino showed off his array of skills while notching his first career hat trick Saturday against the Auggies. His first goal was a long-range shot off his left foot. The game-winner was a mid-range right-footed kick, and the insurance goal was a diving header. He also contributed to Carleton's 3-2 nonconference win over regionally-ranked Luther three days earlier. Passalino entered Saturday with two goals thus far during his freshman campaign, but now his five goals are tied for the second-most on the team, and are tied for the most by a MIAC rookie this season. His three goals in conference play lead all MIAC first-year players.
Thanks to the two wins last week, Passalino and his teammates improved to 9-1-3 thus far in 2013. The Knights are 3-1-1 with 10 points in conference play, currently tied for fourth place and in the mix for a return trip to the MIAC Men's Soccer Playoffs. Carleton has a big week ahead in the conference with a pair of home games. Wednesday it hosts Macalester at 4 p.m., and Saturday Hamline comes to town for a 1 p.m. match.