Leopards Clobber Cats 9-1, Baker Scores Hat Trick
Louisville 9, Canton South 1
Kyle Baker tallied a Hat Trick and the Leopards scored a team record in goals for a home NBC game as they defeated Canton South 9-1 Tuesday evening at Louisville Leopards Stadium. Riley Groves also finished with 2 goals and 4 assists for the 5-4, 2-2 Leps.
After nearly a half hour of scoreless soccer, Louisville ripped off three goals in the final 10:18 of the first half. Groves delivered all three assists that saw Baker score twice and Paul Fox add another to give Louisville a 3-0 lead at the break.
Fox then setup the next Louisville goal a little over three minutes into the second half. He dribbled to the 15 yard line in gridiron standards and passed the ball to his right. Jerry Julian was there and one-hopped a shot into the net. Less than three minutes later from midfield, Fox delivered a pass through traffic to Baker. Baker broke free and then slipped pass in-between two Wildcat defenders. Groves flushed the pass home to give the Leopards a 5-nil advantage.
Next followed back-to-back penalty kicks by both teams. The Leopards PK was caused by Canton South’s goalie tripping Baker in the goal box. Groves seized the opportunity on the free kick to make it 6-1.
At the 8:50 mark, Groves blooped a pass from the left sideline and into the penalty box. The ball never hit the turf as Baker used his head to rocket the ball into the right side of the net. It was a fitting Hat Trick goal for fitting performance that was not finished. Four minutes later, Baker showed off his footwork before crossing a pass to Corey Wilson in the goal box. Wilson also headed it home for the score.
Finally, Austin Hallas furiously dribbled down the center of the field and found an opening in the left side of the net with 3 seconds left. The Jungle Student section featuring many students who dressed and painted up for the game created a tunnel for the victorious Leopards to run through following the contest. Only the 2010 team’s 15-1 win at Northwest saw more goals for the Leopards in a league contest.
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UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium to take on the Tigers on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 PM.
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