Buffs open new sports complex in style

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The #11 ranked WT men’s soccer team kicked off its 20th season on Thursday against University of the Southwest at the brand new Buffalo Sports Complex.  Freshman Martin Fuentes made history by scoring five goals en route to a 12-0 shutout.  The five goals scored by Fuentes are the most scored in a single game by a player in WT men’s soccer history.

The Buffs took control of the game starting in the 8th minute when Ben Everson would fire home a close range effort with the assist being credited to Alfredo Chavez.  Four minutes later, Everson would play provider for debutant TJ Eaton who would net his first goal as a Buff making the score 2-0.  Everson would make the score 3-0 moments later, with Abel Olivas adding another to make the score 4-0.  In the 26th minute, Everson was brought down in the box for a penalty and Captain Nicki Nielsen converted the penalty to make the score 5-0, this score would stay until halftime.

Dominic Furness would get the second half started just six minutes in.  His powerful blast made the score 6-0 in the 51st minute.  Martin Fuentes would then carve his name into the score sheet earning a flawless hat trick with goals in the 61st, 62nd, and 63rd minutes.  Just 30 seconds later, Olivas would make the score 10-0 giving him his second goal of the night.  Fuentes would then cap off his historic day by scoring in the 82nd and 86th minutes.

West Texas will now hit the road for two games in Colorado starting on September 5th against defending national champions Fort Lewis and then on September 7th against Colorado School of Mines.  WT will return home on September 14th when they play UT-Permian Basin.