WALTHAM, Mass. - Senior forward Ben Premo (Florence, Mass.) notched his fourth career hat trick today to lead the Brandeis University men's soccer team past visiting Endicott College, 5-0, in the season opener for both teams today.
Brandeis (1-0) wasted little time in getting on the board, as rookie Luke Teece (Tuscon, Ariz.) fed Premo inside the box just 3:52 into the contest, and the senior finished with a hard shot to the left side of the net. Teece picked up a second assist less than five minutes later when his cross went through the goal mouth to junior Patrick Metelus (Pernier, Haiti), who converted at the 8:44 mark.
Premo scored his second goal 3:29 into the second half, when he sent junior Corey Bradley's (Holyoke, Mass.) cross into the crossbar, then put back his own rebound. It was the 30th goal of Premo's career, making him the eight player in Brandeis history to reach that milestone. An unassisted blast in the 73rd minute gave Premo the hat trick and made him the ninth Judge to reach 80 career points. His six points on the day moved Premo past Ken Hannan '95 and Greg Allen '86 into eight place on the Judges' career scoring list with 81 points.
Rookie Alexander Farr (Nahant, Mass.) converted a scrum off a corner kick in the 82nd minute to close out the scoring with his first collegiate goal.
Endicott (0-1) rookie goalkeeper Nicholas Allman (Newburyport, Mass.) made seven saves, including six in the second half, in the losing effort for the Gulls. Junior Taylor Bracken (No. Andover, Mass.) and rookie Sean O'Hare (Southampton, Mass.) had two saves in a half of work each for the Judges.
Brandeis is next in action on Thursday against Wentworth Institute of Technology, while Endicott hosts MIT on Tuesday in their home opener.