Popp's Hat-Trick Leads Eagles Offensive Explosion
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury reached 10 wins for the first time since 2005 as they cruised past Mountain State 8-0 on Friday night. Dylan Fouts recorded his fifth shutout of the season as the Eagles matched their season-high in goals. They also scored eight in a road win over Brescia in September.
Asbury (10-4-2, 3-1) wraps up KIAC play with at least a share of the league title. They can win it outright if Berea and Cincinnati Christian play to a tie, if Berea wins they will share the title with Berea but still be the top seed in the tournament. If CCU beats Berea then Asbury will share the title with CCU but Asbury will be the second seed.
Trent Popp recorded his first hat-trick of the season all within the first 21 minutes of the match as the Eagles put up six before halftime. Popp’s 14 goals this season are the most for an Eagle since 1985. The school record is 21. Ryan Moberley scored the first goal of the game off a rebound giving Jonathan Rehner an assist in the fourth minute. Moberley now has four goals on the season.
Rehner would add a second assist on Popp’s first goal in the ninth minute, giving him a team-high eight on the season. It is the third highest total for one player in school history, the record is 11. Randy Troyer also added two assists on the night, both on goals by Popp.
Billy Congleton added two goals and an assist in the match, giving him four goals and six assists on the season. Caleb Griffin and Garrett Davis also added goals on the night. Asbury took 28 shots in the match, putting 16 on frame. Mountain State took only six shots in the game. Fouts would make three saves on the night as he picked up his ninth career shutout. He also added an assist on Congelton’s first goal as the free kick glanced off the keeper and right to Congelton.
Asbury will play two more regular season matches, both at home, before heading into the KIAC Tournament. The first match will be Tuesday against Shawnee State at 7 p.m. followed by next Saturday’s Homecoming match against Ohio State-Mansfield.