NORFOLK, Neb. – As debuts goes, it doesn’t get much better than the day Colin Roemer had for the Barton men’s soccer team.
The freshman from Germany scored four goals and assisted on a fifth as Barton rolled to a 5-0 road win Tuesday over Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb.
Roemer’s 4-goal day is among the top days in Cougars soccer history. The four goals is tied for the second best single-game effort at Barton, only behind Harry Newman’s 5-goal effort in 2009.
Roemer gave Barton a lead early in the contest as the Cougars went up 1-0 just 10 minutes into the game after the 5-hour bus trip to Norfolk. Roemer scored on an assist from freshman Toranosuke Abe.
Roemer made it 2-0 midway through the opening half when he scored on a penalty kick then pushed the lead to 3-0 prior to half when he notched the hat trick on an assist from Salina sophomore Jose Escobedo.
Barton again scored in the opening 10 minutes of the final half when Roemer picked up an assist on a goal by Sora Wakabayashi.
The Cougars capped the scoring on Roemer’s fourth goal of the game, this time on an assist from Ezra Armstrong four minutes later.
Luciano Trasolini and the Barton defense kept the Cardinals off the board.
“We ended with the result we wanted,” Coach Brown said. “It was a long bus ride and I was happy with the way the guys got up and played. We’ve had a tough pre-season so we rested some guys so they can be ready for a very tough weekend.”
That tough weekend will bring three ranked teams to Great Bend along with the Cougars. Barton will take on two ranked foes at the Barton Classic Friday and Saturday.
The Cougars are not ranked but are receiving votes in the preseason poll. Barton will open play Friday at 10 am against No. 6 Trinidad State (Colo). The Cougars will take on No. 18 Laramie County (Wyom) at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The other ranked team coming to Great Bend will be headed by former Barton Oliver Twelvetrees. His Eastern Florida State will bring a No. 11 ranking to town and play the opposite schedule as Barton. East Florida will battle Laramie County on Friday and Trinidad State on Saturday in Noon contests.
Barton 5, Northeast 0
Barton 3 2 — 5
Northeast 0 0 — 0
Barton – Colin Roemer (Toranosuke Abe), 10:30
Barton – Roemer (PK), 28:30
Barton – Roemer (Jose Escobedo), 35:00
Barton – Sora Wakabaysahi (Roemer), 54:00
Barton – Roemer (Ezra Armstrong), 58:00