NORTHFIELD — Freshman forward Joseph Thongsythavong scored his second career hat trick to power the Norwich men's soccer team during Friday’s 6-0 victory over Emmanuel to open Norwich’s Bicentennial and Homecoming Weekend.
Thongsythavong opened the scoring 1:24 into the game for the Cadets (5-1-1, 1-0-1 GNAC). He scored again in the 17th minute and capped the hat trick in the 56th minute to take over the GNAC scoring lead with eight goals on the season.
Sophomore midfielder Amerle Nemeye scored twice, while senior midfielder Josue Lopez added one goal. The Cadets finally defeated Emmanuel after battling with the Saints during three straight regular season ties the last three years.
Thongsythavong buried a shot into the right corner off a feed from Matt Bento for the first goal. Nemeye made it 2-0 in the 10th minute after he sped past a defender on the right wing and buried a left-footed shot toward the far post.
Thongsythavong scored again after a miscue by the Emmanuel goalkeeper gave him the ball with a wide-open net. He buried his chance from 20 yards out before the Saints’ defense could recover.
Lopez scored his second goal of the season with a cannon into the left corner after a ball skipped behind the Emmanuel defense. Lopez got a running start and kicked the ball into the left corner.
Nemeye scored again in the 54th minute off an assist from Staige Davis. Thongsythavong capped the hat trick in the 56th minute.
Freshman goalkeeper Robert Wagenseller made four saves. Fellow NU goalie Sebastian Llanes came on for his first collegiate action and was untested in 25 minutes. Norwich outshot Emmanuel 21-6.
The Cadets will travel to play Suffolk on Wednesday.