McRae leads offensive explosion against Chaminade

Pawel Dregan advances the ball against Northwest Nazarene
Pawel Dregan advances the ball against Northwest Nazarene

HONOLULU – Jake McRae recorded the programs first hat trick since 2009 to lead BYU-Hawaii men's soccer to a 4-1 victory over Chaminade on Saturday afternoon at Saint Louis Field.

BYU-Hawaii (1-1) applied plenty of offensive pressure with 22 shots, six on frame, and held Chaminade (0-2) to only eight shots total. McRae's hat trick tied Shawn Blymiller and Chris Wood for the most goals in a single game in the Seasiders history as a NCAA Division II program. Steve Lewis holds the program record of four goals in a game against Cal Institute of Technology during the 1996 season. Ryan Arkelian put in the lone goal for the Silverswords.

Barely nine minutes into the game, McRae put in his first goal from twenty yards out on the right angle to give the Seasiders a 1-0 lead.  After three more shots from the Seasider offense, including one which hit the post, Chaminade was finally able to get a shot off, but it was saved by goalkeeper Jaden Epplette (1-0).

Seasiders would once again find themselves celebrating as a pass from Peter Puertas found Kyle Jarvis, who rocketed the ball into the back of the net from 15 yards out in the 25th minute.

Moments after Connor Miles was subbed in, he made a run down the right flank and passed it to McRae, who was once again able to find the back of the net and give BYU-Hawaii the comfortable 3-0 lead with 15 minutes to go in the first half. Despite three more shots by the Seasiders, the score remained the same going into the second half.

The Silverswords retaliated with a goal of their own out of the break heading the ball in off a rebound in the 60th minute.

Pawel Dregan then ran down the right sideline in the 68th minute and crossed it to McRae for the hat trick goal from 25 yards out to cap off the scoring.

BYU-Hawaii returns to the pitch against Hawaii Pacific on Wednesday at Atherton Field at 3 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.

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