NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Branden McGarrity (Fy./Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) recorded his second hat trick of his rookie campaign in leading the Carleton College men’s soccer team to a 5-2 triumph over Luther College in a matchup of regionally-ranked squads. The Norse (4-1-2) entered the day ranked No. 4 in the north region, with Carleton (5-1-0) listed at No. 6.
After waiting an extra 35 minutes just to start the game—due to the women’s game going to double overtime—McGarrity wasted little time giving the Knights the lead. He needed only 36 seconds to tally his sixth goal of the season, collecting a long ball from Devin Tomson-Moylan (So./St. Paul, Minn./Central) and calmly slotting a shot underneath Luther goalkeeper Peter Wright.
Wright came up huge in the 15th minute with a diving save of a penalty kick, but he could not keep the ball in play. On the ensuing corner kick by Derek Funk (Sr./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview), McGarrity collect the ball at the edge of the six-yard box and rocketed a shot off a defender at the left post and into the net, making it a 2-0 contest.
Two minutes later, long passes by Neil Bartholomay (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) and Will Corcoran (Jr./Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi) sprung Simon Ginet (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) for a transition scoring opportunity. With a defender on his right hip, the junior forward fired inside the right post, increasing the Carleton lead to 3-0.
A Luther program, which won the IIAC in 2011 and did not surrender a goal in league play last fall, made a move to get back into this match when Logan Martell bent a free kick into the upper left corner in the 35th minute.
Nearly 10 minutes into the second half, Carleton scored its fourth goal of the game. A Luther defender tried for a clearance headed, but instead sent the ball off the cross bar. The ricochet came right to McGarity standing by himself at the goal’s mouth. A simple header into the top of the net completed the rookie’s hat trick.
The Norse looked to build some momentum later in the second half as Saul Rosales converted a penalty kick in the 77th minute, but only 23 seconds later, McGarrity found Nathan Park (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) streaking up the right wing. Following a move to the inside, the sophomore midfielder let loose with a rocket inside the near post, finishing the scoring.
Carleton has now outscored its opponents by a 24-6 differential this season. This was the most goals surrendered by Luther since the 2007 season finale.
Keenan Smith (So./Madison, Wis./West) made two saves in goal for the Knights, who step back into conference play next Saturday, Sept. 22 when they host Concordia College at 1 p.m. Knights Online will once again feature live stats and a live video webcast.