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Soccer: Gilbert’s hat trick helps Indians to win over Clinton

ONEIDA  |  The Indians defended their home pitch well Tuesday (March 21) evening, defeating Clinton 5-0 at Jane Terry Hoffman Field in the season's home opener.

The Indians jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and cruised to the 5-0 victory even without one of their top offensive weapons in junior , who is nursing an injured hamstring.

“The defense played fantastic and we never felt threatened,” Oneida coach Derek Keeton said. “We generated 12 shots on goal and scored on four of those. They only got three shots on goal and all three saves were pretty easy to handle because of the good defense in front of () played by , , and specifically.

scored two goals in the first half, and wound up finishing with a hat trick.

“Nick has worked tremendously in the offseason and it's paying off,” Keeton said. “I'm very proud of that young man and what he's done with his body and also his skillset.” 

Also scoring for Oneida were and .

assisted all five of the Indians' goals.

getting three goals and getting five assists was amazing for our team this evening,” Keeton said. 

Clinton is an improved team, Keeton said, with a good coach (Gene Chunn) who is doing a good job of rebuilding the program.

But, on Tuesday, the Dragons were no match for the Indians. They managed just two shots on goal in the second half.

“Our defense played outstanding,” Keeton said. “I was pleased to be able to play everyone tonight and get some good quality minutes for all of the available players.”

Keeton applauded the play of several first-year players, including , Alex Torres and . He was also pleased with the play of veterans like James, and .

“With Mason being out with a slightly pulled hamstring, it allowed for other guys to step up and fill the void until he returns in the next week or so,” Keeton said.

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