In what seemed like the blink of an eye, Valparaiso University men’s soccer player Kendan Anderson (Portmore, Jamaica / St. George’s College [South Florida / ASA College]) transformed Monday’s matinee with nonleague foe IUPUI into a game he won’t soon forget. The Valpo senior scored three times in 1:21, the fastest three consecutive goals by an individual player in NCAA history, to help the Crusaders down the Jaguars 5-0.
Anderson shattered SIU-Edwardsville’s John Slone’s NCAA record of 2:15, which had stood since 1985. In addition, only 15 seconds elapsed between Anderson’s first and second goal, tying for the sixth-fastest pair of goals by a single player in NCAA history.
How It Happened
- Anderson’s first goal, which increased Valpo’s lead to 3-0, came at 83:37 on a penalty kick.
- When IUPUI attempted to put the ball back in play following the goal, Anderson intercepted the pass and scored on a breakaway around the goalkeeper into an open net at 83:52.
- Anderson completed the hat trick from 10 yards out on the right side at 84:58, with Adan Garcia (Dallas, Texas / Episcopal School of Dallas) receiving the assist.
- Sophomore Demar Rose (Kingston, Jamaica / Wolmer’s Boys School) accounted for Valpo’s first goal, lobbing it over the goalkeeper’s head from 25 yards away in the 18th minute.
- Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M. / Eldorado [Florida Gulf Coast]) scored his third goal in the last two matches off a set piece in the 24th minute. He took a free kick from 20 yards out and put it inside the left post.
- The Crusaders set the tempo by controlling possession for the bulk of the first half. The Jaguars were unable to register a shot attempt in the match. Valpo outshot IUPUI 16-0, with nine of those shots coming on goal.
Inside the Match
- Valpo matched the program record for wins in a single season with Monday’s triumph. The Crusaders are at 10 victories for the second time in program history and first since 2009, when they finished 10-7-2.
- Anderson’s hat trick was the eighth in program history and the first since Paul Leitelt on Aug. 27, 2006 against Evansville. Anderson now has eight goals this season despite missing the first seven matches with injury.
- With Monday’s goal, Madrid became the sixth player in program history to reach a double-figure goal total in a single season. He has 10 goals on the year, tied with Tony Dal Santo for fifth all-time. The last Valpo player to rack up 10 goals or more in a single year was Scott Daly in 2001.
- Madrid also lifts his point total to 25, becoming the first Valpo player with 25 points in a single season in the last 25 years. The most recent Crusader to hit that precipice was Brian Thiel in 1991.
- Senior goalkeeper Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica / St. George’s College) notched his sixth shutout of the season and the 21st of his Valpo career. He is two clean sheets away from the program record.
- After going four years between five-goal wins, the Crusaders turned in back-to-back five-goal victories on Saturday and Monday.
- Rose’s goal was the first of his collegiate career. The Crusaders have 10 players with at least one goal this season.
Thoughts from Head Coach Mike Avery
“It's the second game in a row where we have been able to open a team up and create loads of good opportunities, so there is not much to really nitpick about as I evaluate our performance today. No pun intended given that it is Halloween, but today was a tricky game. We played less than 48 hours ago, it was an odd start time for us, we have a big conference game on Friday, and IUPUI is clearly a better team than their record would indicate - tons of reasons we might not have been sharp or mentally prepared for the game. Given all that, though, I thought the guys were mature and professional in their approach, had some very good periods of possession, and obviously took the chances pretty well.
Now all our attention turns to Friday and the opportunity to host a very good Wright State team. There is a lot on the line for us with playoff qualification and seeding, and we have the hardest path in the league because we play the group that has been the best team so far, but I also think we are playing the best we've played all year. If we were ever up for a challenge, now is the time.”
The Crusaders (10-4-3, 4-2-2 Horizon League) host Wright State (10-5-2, 6-1-1) in the regular season finale on Friday at 7 p.m. at Brown Field. The game can be heard on WVUR, 95.1 FM Valparaiso, with links to live audio and stats available on ValpoAthletics.com.