Rodriguez records hat trick, No. 2 Mustangs rout DBU in 7-0 win

Senior forward Albert Rodriguez recorded a hat trick and junior midfielder Flavio Guzman added two goals as the No. 2 Midwestern State men's soccer team claimed a dominant 7-0 victory over Dallas Baptist for their 10th win of the season Saturday afternoon at MSU Soccer Field.

Rodriguez's hat trick was the first for Midwestern State (10-0-1) since Thomas Parides recorded one against UT-Permian Basin on Oct. 2, 2014 in Odessa. Rodriguez notched the first hat trick at MSU Soccer Field since Craig Sutherland and Bryan Sajjadi each tallied one against Missouri Southern on Oct. 31, 2008.

Midwestern State finished with a 21-6 advantage in shots and held Dallas Baptist (5-7-1) to just two shots on goal and none in the final 45:52 of play.  

"I think it's finally time we scored some goals," said head coach Doug Elder. "We've been in a couple of tight games against .500 teams and they were one behind .500. We expected a bit of a battle but I think what helped was getting them down early and getting that one to make it 3-0 before halftime because 2-0 is one of the most dangerous scores."

It didn't take long for the scoring to start as senior midfielder Juan Farres found Rodriguez on the left side of the box before Rodriguez sent a shot into the right corner of the net to put the Mustangs up 1-0 in the 8th minute.

Rodriguez extended the lead for the Mustangs six minutes later, converting his third penalty kick of the season.

Midwestern went into halftime with a 3-0 advantage after senior defender Call Casarez sent a header in the net on a corner kick by senior defender Ben Clarvis.

The Mustangs continued their scoring rampage early in the second half as Guzman found the right corner of the net with a shot from the left side of the box to stretch the MSU lead to 4-0 in the 49th minute.

Just over five minutes later, Rodriguez recorded his first career hat trick wearing the Maroon and Gold with a shot from the right side of the box for a 5-0 score with his 11th goal of the season.

In the 63rd minute, Guzman posted his second score off a Clarvis cross into the six-yard box. Clarvis tallied three assists on the afternoon to become the first Mustang to do so since Kyle Kmiec recorded three against St. Mary's on Oct. 21, 2007.

With 15 minutes to play, junior forward Cody Schultz rounded out the scoring with a shot from the middle of the box to make it a final 7-0.

"We went at them today," Elder said. "I think the cooler weather helped a lot and some of our guys came off the bench and did a really good job."
Rodriguez led the Mustangs with six shots, placing four on goal, while Guzman added four shots with three on target.

Junior goalkeeper Brice Gardner (1-0-0) earned the win in his first career appearance for the Mustangs, collecting two saves in the shutout.

Midwestern State next travels to Texas A&M International for a 7 p.m. kickoff Thursday at Dustdevil Soccer Field in Laredo.