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Prairie State Men's Soccer: Burry Buries Trio as Pioneers Roll On
 October 7, 2012

Life is good right now for the Prairie State College men’s soccer team.

That’s typically how things are when a team owns a 13-2 overall record.

Saturday afternoon in Chicago Heights, the Pioneers continued their winning ways, downing Danville by a 4-0 count.

The win, Prairie State’s fourth consecutive, equaled head coach David Spataru’s 2009 PSC squad for the most wins in a season during his tenure.

With 49 goals on the slate so far, Prairie State is currently ranked fifth nationally in team scoring.

Freshman forward Kyle Burry (Elk Rapids H.S., Mich.) notched his first “hat-trick” of the season Saturday, tallying three times in the match. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Burry now has 12 markers on the campaign and has scored in each of the Pioneers’ last three games.

Burry presented PSC with a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute when he beat Danville goalkeeper Luka Pauk with a bullet-like shot which caught the upper-left corner of the net, just below the crossbar. Burry’s first marker was set up by a well-placed ball off the foot of freshman midfielder Felipe Garcia da Silva (Moreira H.S., Brazil).

Pauk made life difficult for the Pioneers over the course of the game’s first 45 minutes, holding PSC’s vaunted offense to just one first-half marker.

Pauk made 15 stops in the match as the Pioneers peppered him with 19 shots on goal.

Sophomore midfielder Ivan Valencia (Plainfield South H.S.) assisted Burry on his second tally in the 54th when he flicked a strong pass to a sprinting Burry, who this time chose the top-right corner as his location to deposit the shot.

Freshman midfielder Lukman Ahmed-Shaibu (AP College, Nigeria) notched his 19th marker of the season just 12 seconds later when he took in a pass from Burry and ripped it to the back of the net.

Ahmed-Shaibu now sits third on the national scoring chart.

In the 65th, Burry struck again, taking the ball off the foot of a Danville defender and blasting it home for his third score of the day.

PSC sophomore keeper Victor Lozano (East Chicago Central H.S., Ind.) worked 72 scoreless minutes between the posts, making five saves along the way.

PSC freshman defender Ray Baldovin (Tinley Park H.S.) logged the final 18 minutes of the match in goal.

The Pioneers will hit the field next on Tuesday when they close out Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference play with a match against Morton in Cicero.

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