RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- Senior Tiburcio Casillas tied a program-record with four goals to lift the NAIA's No. 11-ranked California Baptist University to a 5-0 win over NCAA Division III UC Santa Cruz Friday afternoon.
The win is the Lancers' fourth straight as they conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule at 6-1. The Banana Slugs fall to 2-2-3.
"We are continuing to grow and the guys are buying into the fact that we want to keep getting better," said CBU Head Coach Ryan Jorden. "The goal is to keep building on each game so we can be playing our best as the conference season gets here. Our mentality, though, is that we're not satisfied so we need to keep working to get better."
It is the third time in the past four games the Lancers scored five goals.
Casillas scored the first three goals of the game and then became just the third player in program history and first since Jerry Rios on Oct. 8, 2003, against Hope International to score four times in a game.
"I just happened to be in the right place at the right time all day," said Casillas, who had just three career goals before today. "It doesn't happen without my teammates, who set me up and put me in position to score. I also got a little lucky, and a forward that's not lucky doesn't score goals."
Call it luck or whatever you want, but his first goal was something to behold. The Lancers had a free kick just in front of the Banana Slug bench. Tyler Mitchell played the ball to the left side of the area where Tyler Aagard headed toward the goal. UCSC keeper Brian LaFaille came off his line, but Casillas beat him to the ball, took a settling touch and then just a few feet from the end line lifted what he claimed to be a cross over LaFaille that curled into the net. The Lancers led 1-0 in the 10th minute.
In the 17th minute, he gave the Lancers a 2-0 advantage. Carlos Figueroa won a ball near midfield and sent Marc Hope down the touch line. Hope then flew by a defender and crossed a ball to a wide open, unmarked Casillas, who touched in his second goal.
The Lancers carried the two-goal advantage into the locker room and scored three second half goals in a nine minute span, starting in the 54th minute.
Heitor Santarem made it 4-0 with a left-footed strike in the 61st minute, and then Casillas completed the scoring with unassisted rip from the right side to the far post net in the 63rd minute.
"The reality is that anyone who is at training every day sees this type of performance from him," said Jorden. "It's nothing new for us. The challenge for us is to get him in positions and in the right rhythm to do this during games, and we did that today."
The Lancers out-shot the Banana Slugs, 26-11, including a 12-2 margin in shots on goal. Jeff Redinger needed to make just two saves for his second shutout of the season.