Gerber Breaks Records as Men’s Soccer Beats Berks

Senior Austin Gerber scored a school-record five goals as men's soccer knocked off Penn State-Berks 6-1 Friday (photo courtesy of Ed Webber, Keuka College Sports Information department).
Senior Austin Gerber scored a school-record five goals as men's soccer knocked off Penn State-Berks 6-1 Friday (photo courtesy of Ed Webber, Keuka College Sports Information department).

Senior Austin Gerber (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) broke the Keuka College single-season points record and the record for goals in a game as the men's soccer team defeated Penn State-Berks 6-1 Friday night under the lights at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.

Gerber scored five goals to set the school record for goals in a game. It was his second time this year scoring four or more goals.

Junior Ben Schreiber (Hilton, N.Y./Hilton) scored one goal with two assists in the win, which guaranteed Keuka a top-three spot in the upcoming North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) postseason tournament.

If Keuka (11-3-1, 7-1-1 NEAC) can knock off Lancaster Bible College (10-5-1, 6-2-1) at 3 p.m. Saturday in the regular-season finale, the Green and Gold will clinch the No. 2 seed for NEAC's.

Gerber staked Keuka to a 1-0 lead with 17 minutes and 35 seconds remaining in the opening half. Gerber scored on a breakaway goal, his 21st of the year, and broke Loreto Barbone's (2000-03) single-season points record of 47, set during the 2003 season.

Gerber now has 25 goals with six assists for 56 points.

Schreiber tacked on a first-half insurance goal with 2:15 remaining in the half. After collecting a loose ball, Schreiber dribbled past a defender, stopped and sent a one-touch shot from 12 yards out into the far post for a 2-0 lead.

Keuka dominated possession in the opening half against the Nittany Lions and enjoyed a 13-2 edge in shots, including 7-1 in shots on goal.

Junior Matt Hey (Rushville, N.Y./Marcus Whitman) had a solid look on goal in the 14th minute, but his 18-yard shot curled wide left of the goal.

In a span of two minutes, Gerber had two good shots on goal, but each time, Kyle Baker (eight saves) came up with the stop.

Gerber had a chance to push the lead to 2-0 with 4:10 remaining in the first, but his blast from 20 yards out sailed just high over the far corner of the goal.

Early in the second half, Gerber had another good look on goal, but his shot from 12 yards out was stopped by a diving Baker.

Gerber then started his scoring parade off a feed from Schreiber 2:55 into the second half. Schreiber went on a breakaway, then slotted a through ball for Gerber, who scored to give the Wolfpack a 3-0 lead.

Gerber then scored three more goals in a span of 8:35 to break the game wide open, and break the school's single-game scoring record.

Sophomore Willie Romero (Jersey City, N.J./Union City) made three saves in the win.