SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – JP Rylah scored a hat trick and added an assist to lead American International College to a 6-1 victory over the Saint Anselm College men's soccer team in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday evening at Abdow Field.
Rylah scored twice in the space of less than a minute to break a 0-0 deadlock as part of a three-goal flurry late in the first half for American International (3-5-1, 2-3-1 NE10), which capitalized on a man advantage after a first-half red card. Nick Heckt scored a second-half penalty kick for Saint Anselm (2-5-1, 2-4-0 NE10), which was coming off a 3-2 victory over No. 21 Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday.
AIC scored three times in the span of 3:41 late in the opening half after Saint Anselm went down to 10 men due to two yellow cards were issued to Brett Rutyna. Rylah had a hand in all three first-half goals, scoring the first two 56 seconds apart and setting up Connor Hicks for the third.
Rylah broke the deadlock in the 38th minute, collecting a pass from Jovanni Garcia and firing the ball into the top-left corner from an acute angle on the right for his second of the year. Just 56 seconds later, Rylah doubled his tally and AIC's lead, scoring on the break unassisted.
A little less than three minutes after Rylah's second goal, the Yellow Jackets made it 3-0 when Rylah found Hicks in the middle with a pass from near the right end line and Hicks slotted home inside the right post.
The hosts took the 3-0 lead into the break and made it 4-0 just 76 seconds into the second half, as Hicks crossed for Steven Hernandez, who slid the ball into the net. After Josip Validzic added a fifth for AIC, Heckt converted from the spot in the 60th minute to get the Hawks on the board with his third of the year. Ryah capped the scoring and finished off his hat trick with a 70th-minute free kick.
After playing much of the game up a man, AIC outshot Saint Anselm 17-3 in the game. Helio Meirelles Neto and Jacob Rostkowski both saw time in net for the Hawks, combining for three saves on the night. Ioannis Iatroudis picked up the win for AIC despite not making a save.
Saint Anselm has a week off before hosting New Haven on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at Melucci Field.