TIFFIN -- Freshman Antonio Demonte's hat trick lifted the Heidelberg University men's soccer team to its first victory of the season -- a 5-0 victory over Mount St. Joseph University. Demonte's first three collegiate goals overshadowed a four-point effort from classmate Simon Joseph, who scored one goal and assisted on two others.
With the much-needed victory, Heidelberg improved to 1-2 on the season. MSJ fell to 0-2 with the loss.
Though the Lions controlled much of the possession early in the first half, it was the Student Princes who struck first. Freshman Simon Joseph cut the ball through traffic in the left corner, then found a cutting Kyle Morton in the six for the goal in the 17th minute -- first of the season for The Berg.
Less than ten minutes later, Jarod Chavez knifed the the MSJ defense on the right side and played the ball to the feet of Joseph. Joseph cashed in his chance, netting his first collegiate goal.
Up 2-0 at halftime, HU added on early in the second half. Joseph's speed down the left flank created space for the Student Princes. He played the ball into space near the top of the penalty area. Antonio Demonte ran on and slashed it to the right of a diving goalkeeper.
MSJ nearly got on the board in the 68th minute. Seth Freppon headed a ball on a cross from point blank range, but senior goalkeeper Jake Kress made a fantastic save to his right. Kress finished with five saves.
Demonte scored his second of the game in the 71st. As the ball bounced around the penalty area, the freshman was able to corral it and slip it past MSJ's Nathan Folop.
The hat trick came to fruition with Demonte's goal in the 78th minute, giving the hosts a 5-0 lead. Sam Federici and Morton picked up assists on the goal.
As a team, the Lions received four cautions -- including three for dissent.
Assistant coach Steven Smith on the first win of the season: "It was an excellent team performance...obviously it's a lot better of a feeling than the drive back from New York with the two losses. Overall, the plan was to be a bit aggressive and show some urgency...today, from the get-go we wanted to go at them."
Antonio Demonte on the win: "I saw a lot of positive energy out there today...there was a lot of positive play, good touches on the ball and an overall great win for the team."
Heidelberg returns to action on Wednesday with a home match against the College of Wooster. Game time at the Hidden Valley Soccer Complex is slated for 4:30 p.m.