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September 24, 2010 | 10:45 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer
Scott Grode, seen here against UCCS earlier in the week, erupted for two goals and two assists as the Roadrunners eviscerated Colorado Christian 7-1 on Friday. (Photograph by Jessica Taves/ColoradoSoccerNow.com.)

Scott Grode, seen here against UCCS earlier in the week, erupted for two goals and two assists as the Roadrunners eviscerated Colorado Christian 7-1 on Friday. (Photograph by Jessica Taves/ColoradoSoccerNow.com.)

No. 11 ranked Metro State men’s soccer team scored six second half goals in a Friday afternoon drubbing of Colorado Christian University.

The 7-1 win moved the Roadrunners to 6-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the Rocky Mountain Ahtletic Conference ahead of a Sunday meeting with conference leading Colorado School of Mines at noon on Sunday. The Cougars fell to 1-7-0, 1-3-0 RMAC.

Metro State outshot CCU 40-8 in the game.  It was the first time since Oct. 9, 2004, that the Roadrunners attempted more than 40 shots in a game.  The team attempted 44 against Embry Riddle in that game.  On Friday, the Roadrunners also had 20 shots on goal, eight short of the school record.

Scott Grode was the biggest beneficiary of the outburst as he scored twice and assisted on two more goals in the rout. His first assist came on the first goal of the game, as Grode found Steve Emory in the 29th minute.

The lead was short lived, however, as Michael McHugh scored in the 36th minute. As the teams went to the half knotted at 1, Metro State had outshot its hosts 22-5.

Grode picked up his second assist when he found Marc Herschberger for a goal in the 48th minute. And then, the nervy game turned into an offensive outpouring.

Grode scored back-to-back goals in the 55th and 62nd minutes. Tyler Wilson scored his first career goal on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute.  Freshmen Walter Bertini and Carlos Mendez each netted the first goal of their careers in the 79th and 83rd minutes, respectively.

Grode totaled six points on the day with two goals and two assists, tying a career-high in all three categories.  Two of his three two-goal games in his career have come against CCU.  Herschberger had a goal and an assist, the first time in his career he has had one of each in a game.

‘Keeper Dominique Griffith made three saves in the first half, but gave way to Issa Bissau after the CCU goal.  Bissau stopped two shots to earn the win.

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