POULTNEY, Vt. - Senior forward Ryan Boyton registered a hat trick, and three other NU players scored goals as the Norwich University men's soccer team defeated Green Mountain College, 6-0, in a non-conference match on Sunday afternoon.
Norwich (7-0-1) opened the scoring in the ninth minute as Boyton registered his first goal of the contest at the 8:56 mark off an assist from freshman midfielder Nick Micucci. Boyton netted his second goal just 1:02 later as he converted a feed from senior forward Drew Dilley at the 9:58 mark.
The Cadets were unable to add to their lead until the 50th minute when Dilley scored off an assist from Boyton. NU increased its lead to 4-0 in the 59th minute when Boyton tallied his third marker of the day.
Senior forward Rob Harlow and sophomore forward Jan Heyboer added unassisted goals later in the second half to round out the scoring.
Senior goalkeeper Brian Riopelle made eight saves in the Norwich goal to earn the shutout victory.
Norwich outshot Green Mountain, 31-17, and the Cadets held an 8-0 edge in corner kicks.
"We played well throughout the match today," said NU head coach Kyle Dezotell. "We possessed the ball very well and were patient with the ball. It was good to bounce back today and score some goals after yesterday's game. We had so many chances yesterday, but just couldn't find the back of the net. Hopefully today's match is an indication that we're back on track."
Norwich returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 27, when the Cadets travel to New Haven, Conn., to tangle with GNAC foe Albertus Magnus at 1 p.m.