Cougars men's soccer defeats Hornets with strong second half

Friday, October 12, 2012 | 10:03 p.m. CDT; updated 6:45 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Columbia College men's soccer team scored early and never looked back on its way to a 7-0 victory over Harris-Stowe State on Friday night at R. Marvin Owens Soccer Stadium.

Sophomore forward Marko Paunovic scored in the first minute with an assist from senior midfielder Andres Acosta to give the Cougars an early lead. Acosta added a goal of his own in the eighth minute.

The Cougars blew the game open with five goals in the second half, including a hat trick from junior midfielder Zachary Oppland. Junior midfielder Antonio Ayres and Paunovic later added a goal apiece. Paunovic's two goals put his season total at nine, which is the most on the team.

Sophomore Brady Wulff only had two saves to make on the night and cruised to an easy victory.

Columbia College has dominated American Midwest Conference competition so far this season, outscoring conference opponents 23-3. The Cougars currently hold a two-game lead in the standings with one conference match remaining against Park University on Oct. 26.

The victory moves the seventh-ranked Cougars to 12-0-3 on the season and 6-0-1 in AMC play.

The Cougar men next play Oct. 19 against Lindenwood University in Belleville, Ill., at 3 p.m.

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