McRae writes name in BYU-Hawaii record books

McRae writes name in BYU-Hawaii record books

LAIE, Hawaii – Jake McRae made history for BYU-Hawaii men's soccer early in the second half to propel the Seasiders over Dominican University 1-0 on Thursday at BYU-Hawaii Soccer Field.

McRae received a cross from Pawel Dregan in the 70th minute scoring the game winning goal for the Seasiders (6-7, 4-4 PacWest). McRae's diving header allowed him to take over the single-season record at BYU-Hawaii with 10 goals scored.

McRae had an early shot to break the record on a breakaway in the fourth minute, but his kick was too high. Brody Berry made a quick header in the box in the ninth minute, but was wide of the left post.

Dominican's (1-13, 1-8 PacWest) Micah Alo had a shot blocked by the Seasiders in the 11th minute. Berry had another opportunity off the counter in the 12th minute, but the ball was saved by the Penguin's keeper Oscar O'Con (0-4).

Alo had another shot at a goal in the 24th minute, but Jaden Epplette (5-5) made the save. McRae had two more golden opportunities, but was unable to beat O'Con 1-on-1. The Penguin's Jordan Zamora received a cross on another opportunity, but Epplette made the save again in the 35th minute.

McRae had one more shot at the record-breaking goal in the 42nd minute, but the chip shot went right of the post.

The second half started with a Peter Puertas' shot from 20-yards out, but his shot was saved by the Penguin's keeper. Dominican's Chase Goulart had a solid opportunity sail wide right of the post in the 52nd minute.

The Penguins had two more opportunities to equalize in the final 10 minutes, but Epplette was able to dive on a loose ball in front of the empty net to prevent an own goal and he was then fouled trying to make the save in the 87th minute.

BYU-Hawaii men's soccer will head to the mainland to play Concordia Irvine on Tuesday at 3 p.m. PDT.  Live stats will be available online.

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