Alec Guarino connected twice in the first half to propel the Purdue University Northwest men's soccer team to a 2-0 nonleague victory over visiting Rochester College in the Pride's home opener at Dowling Park Monday.
Guarino (Saint John, Ind./Marian Catholic), a freshman, connected on his second goal of the year in the 37th minute, after PNW (1-0-1) drew a free kick just outside the box. The rookie would add his third career goal just six minutes later in the 43rd, when senior Jawayne Spence (Hammond, Ind./Morton) drew a Rochester foul in the box to give Guarino a penalty kick, which he put away easily.
PNW otushot the Warriors by an 18-2 margin in the first half and followed that up with 15 more shots in the second half, to hold a total margin of 33-7 to dominate offensively against the shorthanded Warriors (0-3), who fielded just 13 players.
Junior keeper Miguel David (Spring Valley, Calif./Bonita Vista) collected one save in the clean sheet -- his first shutout of the season -- and it was an important one. David's diving stop to his upper left in the closing minutes of the first half stalled a potential Rochester comeback after the Warriors made a quick counter down the right side.
Guarino led the Pride in shots with eight included two on goal and teammates Felix Guenzel (Munich, Germany), Tulio Ribeiro (Itajuba, Brazil) and Francisco Torres (East Chicago, Ind./East Chicago Central) added four apiece.
PNW returns to action Friday, Aug. 26, when the Pride host visiting Texas Wesleyan at 2 p.m. at Dowling Park's Pepsi Field.