Pillari Sets Assist Record as Men's Soccer Punches Playoff Ticket

Pillari Sets Assist Record as Men's Soccer Punches Playoff Ticket

FREDERICK, Md. - Six different players had points to clinch Hood College's first trip to the Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament since joining the league with a 6-1 victory over Widener.

Juliano Pillari had a goal and his 20th career assist, setting a new school record for helpers. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Clay Smith had his fourth multi-goal game of the season. His two scores give him 13 on the season. 
  • Drew Demich also scored his 13th goal of the year in the contest. Both he and Smith are tied for the team lead and the second highest single season total in Hood's history. 
  • Colin Viti added a goal and Christiano Pillari and Hirvin Polanco had assists.
  • In goal, Danny Castillo stopped six shots in 82 minutes. Christian Reyes played the final eight minutes in relief. 

How it Happened

  • Hood had a 2-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the contest. Smith cleaned up a shot by Christiano Pillari and put the Blazers on the board at the start of the sixth minute. Almost exactly four minutes later, Widener scored an own goal for a 2-0 Hood advantage. 
  • That lead held into the second half, when the Blazers scored three times in 13 minutes to put the game out of reach. 
  • Polanco crossed the ball to Demich, who slid to his right and fired for a 3-0 lead in the 53rd minute.
  • Six minutes later, Juliano Pillari set the Blazer record for assists, finding Smith with a long pass. The freshman dribbled down the left side and found the back of the net for a four-goal edge.
  • Pillari scored himself in the 65th minute. After a free kick was cleared from the box by the Pride, the senior battled a defender for the ball and uncorked a hard shot into the goal for a 5-0 advantage.
  • Viti came off the bench to cap Hood's scoring in the 72nd minute.
  • Kevin McKenna got Widener on the board in the 79th minute.

Notes

  • Hood improved to 11-5-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the MAC Commonwealth. The 11 wins are one shy of the school record, set a year ago. 
  • Widener dipped to 3-11-3 and 1-5-2 in the league. 
  • Dave Sousa made nine saves in 61 minutes for Widener. Jordan Katz played the remainder of the afternoon in net. 
  • Hood's playoff appearance will be the program's first since 2007, when the Blazers competed in the Capital Athletic Conference. 

Up Next 

Hood, seeded fourth in the MAC Commonwealth Tournament, hosts Arcadia, the fifth seed, on Tuesday, November 1. Game time and other information will be released at a later date. 

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