Maryville College's Trevor McDonald notched the eighth-fastest back-to-back goals in NCAA Division III history, as the senior led the Scots to an 8-1 victory over USA South foe Huntingdon College.
McDonald got the scoring started at 8:08, before he connected on his second goal of the match just 16 seconds later at 8:24.
"I didn't even know that's what it was," McDonald said. "It was just a good team effort and a way to come out fast. After we scored, we did a good job to keep scoring. Kai made a good decision on the ball. He had two options. He could play left or right, and he played to me. We rolled one in. That's definitely a team effort on that. I just touched the ball in the end. It's nice to score fast, and it's nice to score eight goals in one game. It's a good team effort, and hopefully, we can keep it rolling."
Those goals in 16 seconds tie McKenna Cook of Mary Hardin-Baylor from Sept. 22, 2016, and it ranks as the fastest back-to-back goals since Braden Andryk's two goals in 15 seconds on Oct. 25, 2017.
"It just happened right after that, and I thought he had a third, too," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "That's the way you want to start at home. We've talked about starting that way, and you know, anytime you can get off to a start like that in the heat and make the other team chance, I think that just gives you such an advantage at home."
McDonald's mark ranks as the fastest back-to-back goals in MC men's soccer history, as he is the only player from the USA South listed in the NCAA's top 10. Nahom Hargwoin of Methodist had two goals in 28 seconds against Piedmont on Nov. 2, 2013. He sits tied for 18th in the NCAA mark.
McDonald finished the day with two goals and an assists, as the Scots moved to 5-0 in USA South play.
"That's really good right now," McDonald said. "Our schedule is getting really tough in the middle of the season and toward the end of the season. The month of October, we're playing a lot of tough conference games. To be able to finish a game early like this one is good, so we can have that momentum moving forward through October. Hopefully, we can finish conference with an undefeated record."
Maryville College got the scoring going in the ninth minute. Aaron Rucker used a long pass into the box, as McDonald used a right-footed heel flick to the lower left of the goal past Huntingdon keeper Zak Heino. The goal came at the 9:08 mark for a 1-0 lead.
It would take McDonald just 16 seconds to record his second goal of the match. Johnny Rakhmonberdiev found Kai Miettinen, who one touched it to McDonald in the box. McDonald placed his second right-footed blast at the penalty area into the lower left of the goal. MC led 2-0 early over the USA South foe.
Maryville added their third goal of the match in the 29th minute. Austin Vinyard collected a through ball, making a pair of moves to beat a Huntingdon defender. He finished with a low shot to the right side for a 3-0 MC lead at the 28:59 mark.
Just over seven minutes later, the Scots struck again, as Ndubueze Henry scored his first collegiate goal. Henry took a pass from Jorge Valdivia from the left side, as Henry took a deep angle. He connected in the lower right, as the ball trickled off the post. The score was 4-0 at the 36:05 mark, as it would remain at the half.
Maryville outshot Huntingdon, 15-4, as the Scots had seven shots on goal. The MC defense allowed just a pair of shots on frame in the first 45 minutes of action.
The Scots made it 5-0 in the 51st minute of action, as Chris Fernandez scored his first goal of the 2019 campaign. Rakhmonberdiev earned the assist, as his shot was turned away by Heino. Fernandez collected the rebound from 10 yards out, blasting a hard shot high into the net for a 5-nil lead.
It wouldn't take Huntingdon long to answer in the second half, though, as they scored less than 10 seconds later. Taylor Bradley knocked a pair of Scots over as he drove into the box. He placed a low shot into the right corner of the box to make the score 5-1.
Maryville made it 6-1 in the 61st minute, as McDonald had a hand in his third goal of the match. McDonald collected a pass, dribbling twice into the right side of the Hawks' box. He found Jace Burchfiel in the middle of the box who one-timed it high into the middle of the net for the five-goal advantage.
Vinyard tallied his second goal of the match in the 68th minute of play. Rakhmonberdiev's third assist of the match came as he found Vinyard between a pair of defenders. He took the shot from the 18-yard mark, placing it in the bottom-left of the net for the 7-1 margin.
MC won the match, 8-1, as Josh Campbell notched his first collegiate goal off a deflection in the 84th minute. Valdivia earned the assist – his second of the match – for the seven-goal victory.
Maryville College (7-2, 5-0 USA South) was led by McDonald's two goals and an assist. Rakhmonberdiev had three assists, while Vineyard added a pair of goals. Valdivia also had two assists on the day.
Maryville will have a few days off before taking on another USA South challenge on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The Scots face off with Brevard College at 7:00 p.m. in Brevard, N.C.