MOON TOWNSHIP, PA – Senior Jamie O’Grady (Falkirk, Scotland/Falkirk) scored Hartwick’s first three goals of the game as he led the Hawks to a 4-0 win at host Robert Morris University on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, Hartwick ups its record to 2-1 on the season. The Colonials slip to 0-3. ’Wick also snaps a three-game winless streak against RMU (0-1-2) and improves to 2-1-2 in five meetings.
O’Grady got things rolling just 3:59 into the contest. A cross from the right corner by Marcus Nordgard (Copenhagen, Denmark/Oeregaard Gymnasium) found the head of Hamish Ritchie (Aboyne, Scotland/Aboyne Academy) at the far post. His attempt careened off the cross bar and down into the six-yard box where Jamie O’Grady volleyed it in.
It took less than nine minutes for the Hawks’ second tally. O’Grady headed home a cross that came in from the corner off the foot of Elliott Bentley (Leicestershire, England/Tresham College) for a 2-0 Hawks’ advantage.
Hartwick would enter halftime up 2-0. The Hawks would out-shoot the Colonials by a 10-2 margin in the opening 45 minutes.
O’Grady would complete his hat-trick at the 73:10 mark. The play was set up by a cross from the right corner by Jack Donaldson (Paisley, Scotland/Mars Hill University) that was flicked to the far post by the head of Kit Tregear (Hassocks, England/BHASVIC). O’Grady finished it off with a left-footed volley from eight yards out.
The Hawks’ final tally of the day came at 81:55 as substitution Cameron Paton (Edinburgh, Scotland/The Royal HS), who had entered the game a matter of seconds before, stole the ball from a Colonial defender leading to a breakaway opportunity. Paton slotted a shot low and inside the near right post for his first goal in a Hartwick uniform.
Hartwick ended the match with an 18-6 edge in shots. The Hawks also had an 11-1 advantage in corners.
Goalkeeper Matt Morrish (Brighton, England/St. Bede’s School), who was making his first appearance and start for ’Wick, made two saves in earning the clean sheet. RMU’s Winter Fondi made five saves in goal.
The Hawks host St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. for the Mayor’s Cup. ’Wick is looking for their first Mayor’s Cup crown since the 2007 season.