Senior Striker Andre Shinyashiki continued his torrid scoring pace, producing all three DU goals in the fifth-ranked Pioneer men’s 3-0 sun-baked soccer shut-out demolition of the #22nd-ranked University of San Francisco Dons at DU Soccer Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 16.
The hat trick was his third such three-goal performance in this young season, as the Brazilian continues to lead the nation in goal scoring, with 13 goals in just seven games, which is already the second-most season goals in DU’s Division I history. He also had scored twice in Friday’s 3-1 win over Harvard, and set-up the game-winner with an assist, and today notched his third-straight multi-goal game to keep the Pioneers undefeated at 6-0-1 on the season. All three of Shinyashiki’s goals today came in the second half to blow open a 0-0 halftime tie in 92 degree heat, after the first half had seen Shinyashiki create a number of near misses.
Andre’s first goal came in the 54th minute after he strongly headed Jacob Stensson’s corner-kick into the USF goal by way of a deflection en-route, which turned out to be the game winner. His second marker came in the 66th minute, after a perfect cut-back pass from senior winger Kenny Akamatsu near the USF goal line, who found Shinyashiki waiting at the top of the box. Andre then sliced a perfect low shot to the far corner of the USF net, just past the outstretched arms of USF goalie Ruben Stuiver. And Shinyashiki’s final goal of the day was a highlight reel goal, as Andre dribbled through three Dons’ defenders and Stuiver, before sticking the ball in the back of the Dons’ open net in 76th minute to make the final score 3-0 Pioneers. Shinyashiki’s third goal was the #5 Play of the Day on EPSN’s SportsCenter on Monday morning, Sept. 17.
DU next faces soccer rival Omaha next weekend in Omaha, with the winner of that game likely staking an early claim to drivers’ seat the Summit League Championship race, although Purdue Fort Wayne also has a good team this season.