DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Sept. 2, 2017) – Led by a hat-trick from sophomore Maximiliano Rebolledo-Camus (Santiago, Chile/Saint George's College), the Mercy College men's soccer team earned a 4-0 win over Chestnut Hill College in their home opener on Saturday afternoon at Mercy Field.
The Mavericks (1-1) have now won three home openers in a row, while the Griffins (0-2) remain winless on the year.
Rebolledo-Camus had a team-high five shots on goal, while senior Haxhi Verjoni (Cornwall, N.Y./Marlboro) added a goal and an assist. Graduate student Danny Gavin (Phoenix, Ariz./University of Washington) ended the contest with two assists and senior Kwantarian Van der Lara (Stockholm, Sweden/Marshalltown CC) made four saves to post the shutout victory. The hat-trick from Rebolledo-Camus is the first for a Maverick since William Koki accomplished the feat on September 12, 2012 at Caldwell.
Chestnut Hill was led by Zachary Gray who had three shots on goal, while Frank Maniscalco played the first 66:46 in net with four saves to take the loss.
After a tough 1-0 loss at Southern Connecticut State on Thursday, the Mavericks looked to get in the win column for the first time in 2017. The two teams played a mostly even first half before Rebolledo-Camus got Mercy rolling. After having two shots stopped by Maniscalco, Rebolledo-Camus was able to break through with his first goal of the game at the 40:42 mark after heading the ball in following a cross from Gavin, making it 1-0.
The score remained 1-0 heading into halftime with the Mavericks holding a 9-3 edge in shots.
Less than a minute into the second half Rebolledo-Camus struck again to give Mercy a 2-0 lead. The sophomore received a cross from Verjoni and one-touched it into the back of the net to give the Mavericks an insurance goal.
Mercy continued to apply pressure and Verjoni added his first goal of the season in the 50th minute to increase the Mavericks advantage to 3-0. The offense continued to roll and so did Rebolledo-Camus who put together his third goal of the contest off a throughball from Gavin, giving Mercy a commanding 4-0 lead in the 59th minute.
The Mavericks led the rest of the way and the backline stood strong in preserving the first shutout win of 2017.
Mercy held a 19-8 edge in shots and a 9-7 advantage in corner kicks.
Head Coach Pedro Velazquez and the Mavericks look to make it two wins in a row when they play at Assumption on Thursday, September 7th at 7 p.m.