The University of Redlands men’s soccer team moved into first place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) with a huge 9-1 win over the Caltech Beavers Monday night.
In doing so, the Bulldogs got a record-setting performance from junior Ryan Davis. The forward from Seattle scored a school-record five goals to move Redlands to 8-2-2 overall and 6-2-1 in the SCIAC. The Bulldogs sit one point above Occidental (5-1-3) in the standings heading into the weekend.
During the victory over Caltech, Redlands used a grand total of 25 players, but Davis was the star. Davis tallied his first three goals during a three-and-a-half-minute stretch near the end of the first half. His first goal came in the 34th minute and he scored again 45 seconds later. He completed his hat trick in the 37th minute.
Davis’ other two goals came a minute and a half apart early in the second half. With his five goals, Davis ties the single-season Redlands men’s soccer record for most individual goals in a game (5) and most individual points in a game (10). Both records have stood since 1995.
The five goals against Caltech are the only goals Davis has scored this season. Davis hasn’t started a game this year, but has played in nine of the Bulldogs’ 12 games.