Prokofyev's Hat Trick Fuels Brooklyn to 5-0 Win Over John Jay
New York, NY --- Brooklyn College senior Dmitry Prokofyev's hat trick helped power the Bulldogs offense on Saturday afternoon, as BC defeated the Bloodhounds of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 5-0, in City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) action at Randall's Island Field #72.
With the win, Brooklyn improves to 8-5 overall on the season and 5-1 in CUNYAC play to remain in the hunt for a possible #1 seed in the upcoming conference championships; while John Jay falls to 2-12-1 overall on the year and 2-4 in conference play.
For Prokofyev, this marks the second time this season that he has recorded a hat trick, as the Russian native registered three goals against Baruch College on September 28th. Prokofyev now has 13 goals on the year, including three game-winners.
"John Jay is a team filled with enthusiasm and team spirit," said Head Coach Rawle Hensford. "However, we were well organized and dictated the overall pace of the game. We were creative and took our chances well."
Prokofyev began the scoring for the Bulldogs, tallying his first goal of the day in the 31st minute of play, with freshmen Kenny Benitez and Gabriel Narvaez assisting on the score. Just five minutes later, in the 36th minute, Prokofyev would add his second goal of the game unassisted.
The Bulldogs set the offensive tempo throughout the first period outshooting the Bloodhounds 14-6, en route to taking a 2-0 halftime lead.
The second half featured much of the same, as Brooklyn outshot John Jay 14-7, while recording three second half goals, on their way to the 5-0 victory.
Prokofyev capped off his scoring in the 50th minute, as he headed in his third and final score of the game taking a pass from Benitez. Benitez would tally his third assist of the game in the 65th minute, setting up junior Igor Pacca with a pass in the box, to put the visitors up 4-0.
Sophomore Oleg Tykhonravov scored the fifth BC goal in the 75th minute with senior Taras Frankivskyy assisting on the play.
Junior goalkeeper helped preserve the shutout, his fourth of the season and the team's seventh of the year, as he registered six saves, while playing all 90 minutes in net.
John Jay used three keepers on the day, with Vitecha Kochaon getting the majority of the minutes, playing 73 minutes, while allowing four scores and recording six saves.
Brooklyn will return to the pitch on Wednesday, October 16th, as the Bulldogs will travel to Throggs Neck, NY to take on Maritime College in their final non-conference match of the year. The game is scheduled for a 6:00 pm start time.