ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Four first half goals was more than enough for Park men's soccer to open American Midwest Conference play with a 6-0 win over St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Wednesday evening.
Pedro De Souza (SR/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) scored a goal on either side of halftime for the Pirates (4-1-0, 1-0-0 AMC), while Juan Carlos Salazar (JR/Bogota, Colombia) assisted on the opening goal and scored the second less than three minutes later.
The Pirates dominated the game from the opening moments and finished the game with 38 shots, the most in a single game since the 2006 team fired 36 shots against Ottawa (Kan.) on Oct. 7, 2006. Fifteen different players recorded at least one shot, while 12 players had multiple shots.
Park opened the scoring in the 21st minute as Isaias De La Torre (SR/Dodge City, Kan.) found the back of the net for the fourth time in five games. After assisting on the De La Torre goal, Salazar took his turn at 23:13 off an assist from Adeeb Qaisi (JR/Hebron, Palestine).
The Pirates would double the advantage before halftime with a pair of first-time scorers getting in on the act. Cristobal Rojas (SO/Santiago, Chile) scored his first Park goal on 32:00, while De Souza fired his first in the 42nd minute.
De La Torre assisted on the second goal for De Souza at the 53:58 mark of the second half to record his second of the game. Rafael Pinheiro (JR/Lee's Summit, Mo.) made it three Park players to open their scoring account in the game, finishing the goals at 72:57.
Thalu Masindi (JR/London, England) made two saves in 55:28 of play before Peyton LaFerla (SO/Kansas City, Mo.) made his Park debut by playing the final 34:32. The Pirates yielded just four shots in earning the first shutout of the season.
Park continues conference play at home this Saturday, September 16 as part of Homecoming Weekend, hosting Central Baptist at 2:00 p.m.