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Pedro Antonelli netted a hat trick plus Wednesday as Georgetown College men's soccer fell 4-1 on the road. The University of the Cumberlands forward found his offensive power midway through the second half and it was all downhill from there. Georgetown is now 3-8 overall and 2-4 in the Mid-South Conference. UC improved to 5-4-1 and 5-1 in conference.
"We knew there was one person that could hurt us and he did," said Tiger coach Derek Willis. "He is so explosive and several of his goals were just unbelievable."
Just moments before Antonelli's first goal, Georgetown had two cracks that everyone was sure would give the visitors the advantage. Ben Anness had a solid strike that just stayed out of the goal. Minutes later Taylor Shaver also had a goal the bench was ready to cheer for when it also bounced out.
"Those are tough breaks, but we can't have the return mental breakdowns on the other side," Willis said. "Pedro's first shot was a great ball, not a lot we could do once he got free and took it. But we knew not to let him get free."
Antonelli scored a hat trick in a span just shy of 14 minutes. Georgetown did not crumble. The Tigers responded with a very aggressive and quick goal after the third from Antonelli. UC was leading 3-0 at the 78:13 mark when the kickoff set up Shaver for the lone Tiger goal. At the 78:36 mark it was 3-1.
"We scored so quickly and didn't seem to be affected by the deficit, I thought, 'okay, here we go," Willis said. "But Pedro struck again."
The Patriot attacker responded in similar speedy fashion, taking the kickoff touch and blasting the ball 50-plus yards for the final margin of victory. In 21 seconds, UC was back on top by three and GC never got any closer.
Georgetown returns to action Tuesday against Ohio Christian on the road.