ONEIDA | The Indians' offense came alive in the second half, turning a 1-0 halftime lead into a 4-0 lead before finishing with a dominant, 4-1 win over Grace Christian Academy here Tuesday evening.
Nick Gilbert scored his second hat trick of the season, putting one goal on the board in the first half and two in the second half, while sophomore newcomer Alex Torres rounded out Oneida's scoring.
In his return from injury, Mason Keeton assisted two of Gilbert's goals, while Luke Barna assisted the other.
“In the first half, we generated several shots on goal that were quality shots,” Oneida coach Derek Keeton said. “We put lots of pressure on them in the first half and it really disrupted what they were trying to do. In the second half it was much the same. We continued to put pressure at the midfield on them and continued to use our depth to wear them down.”
Grace Chrstian's goal came in the final five minutes of the game.
“Our passing as a team tonight was outstanding,” Keeton said. “Having Mason back, along with Luke and Nick, provides you three very experienced guys that just know how to play the game and make it easy.”
Keeton also credited his team's midfield play, from Barna, Torres, Levi James, George Kline and Grady Keeton.
“They won balls at the midfield, which is a point of emphasis on our team,” he said. “They got the ball off their foot and put us in attacking position.”
Keeton was also complimentary of his team's defense.
“I can't say enough good things about the improvement of our defense,” he said. “Our coaches have done an excellent job working with them and they were getting better each and every game.”