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Gagnon's Hat-Trick Keys Victory

10/12/13 – The men's soccer team snapped a two-game losing skid by posting a dominating victory over UM-Dearborn. The Saints improved to 11-3 overall and evened their league mark at 3-3, while the Wolves fell to 2-3 in the WHAC and to 5-7 overall. The Saints inched up a pair of spots in the WHAC standings and now find themselves holding onto the #5 position.

After dropping their last two matches in double overtime, the 5-0 shutout victory was just what the doctor (and Coach Veal) prescribed. Michael Gagnon started the scoring by converting a penalty kick in the eighth minute of play. Gagnon's senior teammate, Mitch Torres, added to the advantage by posting his fourth goal of the season at the 24:40 mark of the match.

The Saints, who held a two goal lead at the half, looked to Gagnon once again to convert a penalty kick. Gagnon converted again and would later add an unassisted goal during the 68th minute of play. Gagnon's hat-trick elevated his season goal total to six. Aldony Mendez added an insurance goal with less than three minutes to play to close the scoring for the Saints. Rico Padilla recorded his first assist of the season on the Aldony's twelfth goal of the season.

The combination of Craig Demshuk and Trevor Kay kept the Wolves off the scoreboard and tallied a total of three saves. Overall the Saints outshot UM-Dearborn 26-11.

The Saints will return to the turf next Saturday as they travel to Fort Wayne to play Indiana Tech (8-4-1, 2-3).

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