Millard Hat Trick on Senior Day Lifts Keuka College

Chris Millard (4) scoring the first of his three -- Photo by Ed Webber
Chris Millard (4) scoring the first of his three -- Photo by Ed Webber

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — Playing in his final home game, senior Chris Millard scored three straight in the second half as Keuka College came from behind to defeat Penn St.-Abington 3-2 in Men's Soccer on Saturday.

It was the first hat trick for Millard in his career. Assisting on the goals for Keuka College (5-9-1, 4-5 NEAC) were Jared Burns, Claude Tuyishimire, and Damian Rutan.

Keuka College 3 vs. Penn St.-Abington 2

The Nittany Lions controlled play early on Saturday with a number of strong chances in the opening minutes. Ryan Mavretish stood tall in goal, including a leaping save the in the third minute to push the ball off the cross bar. The Wolves flipped the field midway through the half. Seth Spurgeon had a good attempt as his left-footed shot curved just wide. The game would remain scoreless at the half.

Penn St.-Abington opened the second half with an early goal as they were able to push the defensive line and slip behind for the breakaway goal in the 48th minute. The Nittany Lions doubled their lead in the 62nd, but Keuka College responded. In the 69th minute, a handling call on the Abington keeper resulted in an in-direct free kick for the Wolves from the six-yard box. With the entire Nittany Lion team forming a wall in the goal, Jared Burns inserted the ball and Chris Millard blasted it in to cut the margin to one. Six minutes later, the Wolves pulled level. Off of a corner kick, the ball worked around the back to Claude Tuyishimire. The senior crossed the ball back through the box and past the keeper. Millard was there for the tap-in goal to tie the game at 2-2. Three minutes after that, the Wolves took advantage of another corner kick. The ball was sent into the box by Damian Rutan and found the head of Chris Millard at the near post for the goal, hat trick, and the 3-2 Keuka College lead. The Wolves would hold on for the final 12 minutes as they defeated Penn St.-Abington 3-2 on Saturday.

Game Highlights:

Chris Millard with his first on the in-direct free kick

Millard ties the game

Millard gives the Wolves the lead

KC Notes:

  • The win for the Wolves snapped a two-game losing streak to the Nittany Lions. Keuka College is now 4-5-3 all-time against Penn St.-Abington
  • Millard entered the game with three goals this season. The senior now has six, setting a new personal-best for his career
  • It was the third assist of the season for Claude Tuyishimire, setting a new season-high for the senior
  • Ryan Mavretish made three saves in goal in his first start of the season

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will close the 2019 regular season next weekend with a pair of road games in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. The Green and Gold will look to secure a playoff spot as they play at Penn St.-Berks on Friday and at Penn College on Saturday.