MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- The Auburn Montgomery men's soccer team scored six goals in the second half to pull away from Florida Memorial for a 7-0 win in the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament.
Agust Arnarson recorded his second hat trick of the season, while Sebastian Wladyko added two goals for the Warhawks. Vignir Johannesson made six saves to pick up his 10th shutout of 2012. AUM advances to the Round of 16 on Nov. 26 against either Rocky Mountain (Mont.) or Jamestown (N.D.).
"What a performance," Head Coach Wulf Koch said. "I thought we were very good today. We had two great chances in the first six minutes of the game, and I figured it was only a matter of time before we broke them down."
Arnarson had two great chances in the first half hour of the game, but Lion goalkeeper Pablo Terminiello stopped him twice on one-on-one situations. The freshman forward broke through in the 37th minute, however, taking a pass from Cesar Kestring and drilling a shot into the left corner of the goal.
"That's what a good striker does," Koch said. "He forgets about the early misses and gets on with his business. That's an attribute that not many forwards have."
AUM held a 7-4 edge in shots at halftime, but the game was still within reach for Florida Memorial. The Warhawks were called for offsides eight times in the first 45 minutes, preventing them from breaking the game open.
After the intermission, AUM began to convert its chances. Wladyko scored both of his goals in the opening five minutes after the break.
In the 49th minute, he took a pass from Angel Gonzalez and blasted a ball past Terminiello to double AUM's advantage. Less than two minutes later, he scored his sixth goal of the season after a long ball from Matias Aristegui led him in on a breakaway.
The Warhawks continued to pile on afterwards. Arnarson scored in the 59th and 63rd minutes to pick up his team-leading 14th and 15th goals of 2012. Aristegui and Axel Vignisson assisted on the scores.
It was the third time this year that an AUM player has recorded a hat trick. Arnarson's other three goal performance came against Lee in a 3-2 overtime victory on Oct. 11.
AUM continued its pressure throughout the second half. Elvar Sigurdsson scored his 10th goal of the season in the 72nd minute. A cross from Eyjolfur Eyjolfsson gave Sigurdsson a wide open header in front of the goal.
Atli Johannsson led Gonzalez in on a breakaway to complete the scoring four minutes later.
In goal, Johannesson made multiple saves on breakaways to record his 10th clean sheet. He moved into second place in AUM single-season history for shutouts by a goalkeeper. He is now one shy of James Van Dyne, who had 11 shutouts in 2001.
"I've been talking about him all year," Koch said. "Even when things aren't going our way, he finds a way to keep us in the game. He's just a very good goalkeeper, and we're blessed to have him on our team."
Arnarson led the Warhawks with five shots. AUM outshot the Lions 12-5 in the second half, and 19-9 for the game. Lucas Boltshauser led Florida Memorial with three shots.
AUM will next take the field at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 at the Emory Folmar Complex. The Warhawks have never faced either of their prospective opponents.
"Next round will be interesting," Koch said. "We don't know anything about either of our potential opponents, but we have a week to prepare and we'll be ready."