By: Ryan Mosher, Embry Riddle (Fla.) Assistant Sports Information Director
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The No. 16 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) men's soccer team secured a berth into The Sun Conference Tournament Saturday night, defeating Ave Maria (Fla.) 18-0. Senior Nicklas Petersson shined brightest at Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium, scoring four goals and tallying a NAIA single-game record eight assists in the victory. Petersson wasn't the only Eagle to reach a milestone on Saturday evening, as junior goalkeeper Nils Carlson notched his 17th career shutout, tying Viktor Bergstrand for the Embry-Riddle program record.
Ten different players scored for the Eagles (8-1, 6-0), led by Petersson's four goals and hat tricks from Veit Couturier and Sigurbergur Ellison.
After five first half assists, and two more early in the second half to tie the NAIA single-game assists record, Petersson was able to set the mark on a nice play between himself, forward Stephan Gnadl and midfielder Jared Nordman in the 84th minute. Petersson crossed the ball to the far post to Gnadl who was able to one-touch the ball to Nordman who beat the Gyrene keeper.
Eagles keeper Carlson got his fifth shutout of the season, lowering his goals-against-average to 1.00 in the process.
In addition to breaking the NAIA assists record, Petersson tallied 16 points, setting an Embry-Riddle record and tying him for seventh all-time in a single regular-season game.
As a team, the Eagles tallied 19 assists, the second-most in NAIA history, and broke the program record for goals in a game (18) and points (55).
Embry-Riddle will hit the road to take on Warner in TSC play on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Lake Wales, Fla.