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Pucci scores 4 goals as Senators advance to title game

November 8, 2013
By Joey Kittle Sports Editor , The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS - James Pucci tallied four goals to lead Davis & Elkins over Salem International, 6-2, in semifinal action of the G-MAC tournament being held at Nuttall Field.

The Senators (12-4-1) will face Cedarville (Ohio) at noon Saturday in the title game. The Yellow Jackets rolled past Trevecca Nazarene, 6-2, in Thursday's second semifinal contest.

Pucci, who was named the G-MAC's Offensive Player of the Year on Thursday, tallied two scores in each half for D&E, which held a 13-5 advantage on shots on goal.

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Davis & Elkins’ James Pucci (9) celebrates with teammates Hasika Wijegunawardan (22) and Mason Carte (3) after Wijegunawardan’s goal against Salem International Thursday in G-MAC semifinal action at Nuttall Field. Pucci, a native of Carrara, Italy, had four goals in the contest as the Senators earned a 6-2 win.

Branko Dugalic gave the Senators a 1-0 lead just 56 seconds into the contest. The Tigers' Tomas Szabo notched the equalizer in the seventh minute.

Pucci put the Senators back in front with a free kick goal seven minutes later, and added another goal at the 22nd minute to give the hosts a 3-1 lead at halftime.

D&E made it 4-1 when Pucci registered his third goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half. Hasika Wijegunawardan extended the lead to 5-1 before Pucci, a junior from Carrara, Italy, netted his fourth goal to make it 6-1.

Javier Reyes found the back of the net in the 84th minute for Salem (8-9-1) to end the scoring.

Cameron Rivera made three saves to earn the win.

In the other semifinal, Joel Twinem found the back of the net twice to power Cedarville to the easy victory.

Zach Harris, Todd McKinley, Dillon King and Christian Alexander added goals for the Yellow Jackets (13-3-3).

Matthew Esquivel and Samuel Mummert had the scores for Trevecca Nazarene (8-9-1).

The Senators blanked Cedarville, 2-0, in their lone meeting of the season on Oct. 12 in Ohio.



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