Tunkhannock grad Drew Tinna made history in his first collegiate soccer game, scoring five goals to help lead the Northampton men’s soccer team to a 7-1 victory over Valley Forge Military College Thursday afternoon in the season opener.
The five goals tied the all-time single game record at Northampton, held by Baidy Ba and Joey Jacona, who achieved the mark twice.
Tinna’s record-tying performance came just one day short of exactly one year when Jacona put five goals on Lehigh Carbon on September 8, 2016.
Freshman Reginald Wilson got the Spartans on the board first, converting a pass from sophomore Tyler Eichelbaum for a 1-0 Spartan lead.
After Tinna scored his first goal to increase the lead to 2-0, the Trojans put an end to the shutout with a goal to cut their deficit in half.
However, the Spartans added two more tallies before halftime to make the score 4-1 at the break and would pull away in the second half for the win.
The victory was also the first for new head coach Craig Root, who took over the Spartan program in August.
“It was a physical contest,” remarked Root, “but I thought the guys did a good job keeping their composure and focusing on soccer.”
Tinna would also provide the only offense for the Spartans in their 1-1 tie against Raritan Valley Community College on Saturday.
Trailing 1-0 in the second galf, the freshman found the back of the net 15 minutes in off an assist by freshman Varney Wilson to tie things up.
The two teams then battled through the remaining 30 minutes of the second half and two 10-minute overtimes to end in the 1-1 deadlock.
Tinna led Tunkhannock in goals and was second in the Wyoming Valley Conference with 23 last year, scoring in all but three games.