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Kavara’s Hat Trick Powers Panthers Past Eckerd

Senior Adin Kavara tallied three times on Tuesday, helping the Florida Tech Men’s Soccer team to a dominating 5-1 victory over Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.
The Panthers scored three goals in the first half with Kavara scoring the first goal 9:37 into the contest. He took a pass from Robbie Madden in the six-yard box and put it by Eckerd goaltender Alex Gott, just inside the back post. Madden was credited with the assist on Kavara’s fifth goal of the season.
Kavara took less than three minutes to strike again, after getting a pass from Fabian Egbele, Kavara notched his second goal of the game at the 12:21 mark, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead.
Junior midfielder Josh Thomas got into the act with 31:37 gone in the first half, when he fired a shot from 10 yards outside the 18-yard box, that beat Gott to the high side and put the Panthers in control, 3-0.
The Tritons (6-4-2) got on the board with 2:14 left in the half, after Juan David Tejada was taken down in the box and went on to beat Panthers’ goaltender Christian Moerchon the penalty kick.
Eckerd only had four shots in the first half, while the Panthers tallied nine shots in the half, with Gott getting credit for two saves. His team went to the locker room, down 3-1.
Florida Tech (8-2-1, 5-2 SSC) kept the pressure on in the second half, with nine more shots and found the back of the net on two more occasions. Kavara, who got things going early in the first half, did it again in the second, as he scored 7:43 into the second half. He headed in a ball from Madden from the top of the six-yard box.
It was the third goal of the night for Kavara and the second assist from Madden. It was the seventh goal of the season for the one-man wrecking crew in Kavara.
Per Henrik Nag put the icing on the cake for the Panthers with 6:06 left in the contest, as turned and went around the defender. He beat Gott with an unassisted tally, giving the Panthers a 5-1 lead.
The Panthers will play their final home game of the regular season on Saturday against the Tampa Spartans. The game will start at 7:00 p.m. at Rick Stottler Field. They will end the regular season next Wednesday, October 26 at Barry. That contest will start at 6:00 p.m.