MOUNT VERNON – Cornell's men's soccer team snapped out of a scoreless spell in a big way Saturday with a 5-0 nonconference home win over MacMurray.
Shut out in their first two matches, the Rams (1-2) had five players find the scoring column in this one. The five goals are the most by a Cornell squad since 2009, when it put up eight in a September home win over the same MacMurray program.
Junior Jeremy Kaden led off the scoring with an unassisted marker 16 minutes in. The Rams struck twice more before intermission to take a 3-0 lead.
Freshman Nolan Howe delivered an unassisted tally with 6:47 to go in the half. Just 16 seconds later, senior Chris Ebersole scored off assists from Alex Sutton and Kristian Dale.
The Rams made it 4-0 on a Luke Farley penalty kick at the 76-minute mark. Senior Cody Perreault finished the scoring with five minutes left on an assist from Farley.
Jordan Setser went the distance at the net, recording the team's first shutout win since Sept. 17, 2011 (1-0 over Waldorf). The senior keeper wound up with six saves.
Cornell attempted 10 of its 15 shots in the first half. Howe accounted for a team-best five shots.
The Highlanders (0-3) finished with nine shots on the day. Cornell held a 9-4 edge in corner kicks.
Coming up – The Rams carry momentum into Wednesday's Bremner Cup match with the rival Coe Kohawks (1-0-1) in Cedar Rapids. Kickoff is 5 p.m.