Deniz has hat trick as soccer Bobcats crush Cal (Pa.), 6-0

BUCKHANNON — Sinasi Emre Deniz belted two strikes plus a penalty kick, and West Virginia Wesleyan College (4-1-1) continued its hot season with an overwhelming offensive display in a 6-0 domination of California University of Pennsylvania (1-4-1) Sunday at Cebe Ross Field.

Deniz posted the first goal of the match after a full-pitch passing spree down the left side found the foot of Adam Gribbon who stole the ball from California defender Cullin Woytovich, then pushed the ball through an additional defender to Dillon Rajkovic. Rajkovic found Deniz 12 yards out and he quickly one-touch-blasted the ball beyond Vulcan keeper AJ Visco’s outstretched arm. Deniz notched his second goal on a penalty kick with four minutes remaining in the first half, and his third was an unassisted screamer from beyond 30 yards that found the top of the net on the far post in the 59th minute.

Three Bobcats who scored first goals of the season included Gribben (unassisted, 40th minute), Max Evans (unassisted, 49th minute) and Muntasir Ahmed (assisted by Ridley Braid, 84th minute).

Wesleyan’s offensive domination was further evident by its 22-6 shot advantage and 9-0 on corner kicks.

“Offensively it clicked for us today,” said head coach Josh Spencer. “The lads have worked so hard over the last week on fixing things in the final third, so I’m so happy to see it pay off. We also had so many players pick up their first collegiate points. I couldn’t be happier for those guys.”

The Bobcats travel to Salem, W.Va. for an 8 p.m. kickoff with the Salem University Tigers on Wednesday, Sept. 20.


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