By Tim Glon
MARIETTA — Junior Beelal Hasan (Worthington) scored twice to help the Ohio Northern men's soccer team post a 5-1 victory at Marietta in its Ohio Athletic Conference opener on Saturday night at Marietta Field.
The Polar Bears (9-2-1 overall, 1-0-0 OAC) run their winning streak to eight matches with the win, while the Pioneers fall to 5-5-0, 0-1-0 OAC.
Northern got on the board in the 21st minute when sophomore Seth Gundlach (Wilmington) scored his sixth goal of the season unassisted.
Marietta pulled within 2-1 with a goal just 5:27 later in the 59th minute off a header from Colston Roades.
Hasan made it 3-1 with his third goal of the season off an assist by Zach Yoder (Goshen, Ind./Northridge) with 11:59 left in the match.
Junior Jimmy Walkinshaw (Plymouth, Mich./Canton) scored on a penalty kick with 5:27 left in the match to make it 4-1. It was Walkinshaw's third goal of the season.
Hasan scored on a breakaway with 2:37 left in the game for his second goal of the night and the fourth goal of his season.
Ohio Northern out-shot Marietta 21-7 and enjoyed a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The Polar Bears will return to action Wednesday night with a 7 pm OAC contest against Baldwin Wallace at Kerscher Stadium.