Vazquez’s big day leads to Mustang win over Cincinnati

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SMU sophomore forward Leobardo Vazquez (19) receives a pass in a game against Houston Baptist on Aug. 24. (Courtesy of Douglas Fejer)

On Sunday, SMU sophomore Leobardo Vazquez netted his first career hat trick to lead the Mustangs to a 3-1 win over Cincinnati. The victory improved the Mustangs to 2-1-1 in league play and 3-8-1 overall.

When on the road, nothing is more difficult than playing from behind. It certainly helps when one player decides to take over the game and provide all the offensive power one could dream of.

“We went down early, which is a difficult situation to be in on the road,” Head Coach Tim McClements said. “Our guys responded well and played really good soccer and scored goals. They had a really good second half, and it’s a great night for [Vazquez] with the hat trick.”

Vazquez’s performance earned him American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The Houston native scored his three goals in a five minute span — completely erasing an early 1-0 deficit in dominating fashion.

SMU’s Deshawon Nembhard, Damian Rosales, and Eddie Puskarich provided Vazquez with the assists on his goals.

The Mustangs hope to take the momentum into this Sunday’s match against UCF.

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