Bailey torches Sunbirds

Bailey torches Sunbirds

FRESNO, Calif. – Freshman Braden Bailey scored four goals to lead BYU-Hawaii men's soccer to a 6-1 victory over Fresno Pacific University its first conference loss Saturday afternoon at Ramirez Field.

Bailey had a hat-trick in the first half alone and added one more goal in the second half. Jessey Hein scored one and the Sunbirds' defense accounted for BYU-Hawaii's (3-2-1, 2-1 PacWest) remaining goal. Einar Johnson (2-0) recorded his second win as keeper with four saves.

Eric Sanchez scored Fresno Pacific's (2-3-1, 1-1 PacWest) lone goal, while Sunbird goalkeeper Matias Fernandez recorded five saves. The six goals were the most by a Seasider team since 2006 in a 9-0 win over Chaminade.

Bailey scored the first goal of the match 25 minutes in when a pass from Joshua Craddock found Bailey who went around the goalie to shoot and score his second goal of the season. Less than three minutes later, Mason Reid chipped the ball over the defense to Bailey for a shot in the box to put the Seasiders up 2-0.

In the 40th minute, Kason Binford played the ball from midfield over the defense to Bailey who sprinted for the shot to earn his third goal of the game. His hat-trick gave BYU-Hawaii a 3-0 advantage going into the half.

Fresno Pacific got on the scoreboard early in the second half when Joey Belzil crossed to Eric Sanchez in the box for the goal. However, the Sunbirds' defense gave BYU-Hawaii a goal to extend the Seasider lead to 4-1.

Peter Puertas and Jaden Bybee each took shots off of corner kicks in the next minute, but both were either saved or blocked.

The Sunbirds had ample opportunities in the 63rd minute with four consecutive shots, but were unable to break the back line of BYU-Hawaii.

Bailey dribbled through the defense for a shot at the top of the box to score his fourth goal in the 66th minute. The Seeasiders didn't let off the gas as Hein found himself free for a shot which was blocked back to him and he put the second into the back netting for the final goal of the game.

BYU-Hawaii will return to the pitch Saturday at Chaminade University at 1 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.

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