Men’s Soccer: Zimmerman’s hat trick leads Norwich to 4-0 win over Mount Ida

Men’s Soccer: Zimmerman’s hat trick leads Norwich to 4-0 win over Mount Ida

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NORTHFIELD, Vt.  – Senior forward Jacob Zimmerman (Litchfield, N.H.) scored his third career hat trick to lead the Norwich University men's soccer team to its second straight 4-0 victory over Mount Ida College on Monday night at Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.

Zimmerman opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when he got a piece of a cross from Moab Schiers (South Weber, Utah) with his right foot that redirected the ball down off and off the right post before bouncing into the back of the net. 

He increased the lead to 2-0 in the 40th minute, capitalizing on a Mount Ida defender misplaying a ball, scooting in from the right side and bury a shot into the corner of the net for his eighth goal of the season and second of the game. 

The Cadets added two more insurance markers in the final eight minutes with Gleadle notching his third of the season in the 83rd minute and then Zimmerman completing the hat trick in the 87th minute off a perfect pass from Colin Lozito (Wilmington, Vt.). 

Zimmerman's trio of goals moved him to 48 in his career, leaving him just two short of tying Sani Siric '05 for third on the all-time list. 

With the victory, Norwich improved to 7-4-2 overall and 4-0-2 in GNAC play. The Cadets have won five of their last six games and now head into a huge showdown on Saturday with undefeated and first place Saint Joseph's (Maine). The Cadets trail Saint Joseph's by four points as they have 14 to the Monks' 18. 

Senior goalkeeper Billy Whaley (Northfield, Vt.) made three saves, including a terrific sprawling save on Christian Martins to tap the ball over the cross bar and preserve his fourth shutout of the season. He improved to 5-1-0 on the year and lowered his goals against average to 0.82. 

Norwich snapped a three-game winless streak vs. Mount Ida with the victory. Last year, Mount Ida beat the Cadets 3-2 in overtime and then won 1-0 the year before. The Cadets have scored at least three goals in six of their last seven games. 

Norwich will face Saint Joseph's (Maine) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.