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Rodrigues scores hat trick as Hounds blank Permian-Basin

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PORTALES — Senior forward Emerson Rodrigues scored a hat trick Thursday and the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team got back on the winning track with a 4-0 win over Texas-Permian Basin.

Rodrigues ran his season total to five goals as the Greyhounds (3-1) rebounded from a 1-0 loss on Tuesday at Lubbock Christian.

Freshman striker Andy Wilkinson assisted on two of Rodrigues’ goals, while the other came on a penalty kick late in the half, making it 2-0.

Sophomore midfielder Kal Herbert completed the scoring on an unassisted goal with about 15 minutes left.

Freshman goalkeeper Orlando Rodriguez recorded the shutout, making three saves against the Falcons (0-3).

ENMU returns to action with a 6 p.m. (MDT) matchup against Wayland Baptist on Monday at Plainview, Texas.

ENMU 4, Texas-Permian Basin 0

Permian Basin 0 0 — 0

ENMU 2 2 — 4

Scoring summary

First half

ENM — Emerson Rodrigues (Andy Wilkinson), 16:33

ENM — Rodrigues, 34:01

Second half

ENM — Rodrigues (Wilkinson), 67:22

ENM — Kal Herbert, 75:03

Shots on goal — Texas-Permian Basin 3, Eastern New Mexico 9. Corner kicks — Texas-Permian Basin 5, Eastern New Mexico 9. Saves — Texas-Permian Basin 5 (Chris Benavides 5), Eastern New Mexico 3 (Orlando Rodriguez 3). Records — Texas-Permian Basin 0-3, Eastern New Mexico 3-1. A — 53.