Panthers pull away in second half to get first 2009 win

 Freshman Ryan Wakenigg sparked a five-goal second half by the Panthers. Wakenigg had two goals and an assist in the half, finishing the game with three assists.

The undermanned Crusaders, playing with only nine players, led twice in the first half. David Jean Jaques scored the game's first goal off a Panther turnover midway through the first half. The Panthers answered three minutes later as Aristote Kamba scored with an assist from Wakenigg.

Jean Jaques put the Crusaders back up, 2-1, on a breakaway goal. The Panthers came right back to tie the game, as Wakenigg fed Mohamed Sesay for the goal. The score remained 2-2 at the half.

Less than two minutes into the second half, Wakenigg got the go-ahead goal. He scored unassisted for a 3-2 lead.

The Panthers broke the game open with three goals in less than three minutes. Wakenigg scored his second goal of the half to start the run. Freddie Uribe and Paul Hoffman followed with goals of their own for a 6-2 lead.

Travis Riner closed out the scoring for the Panthers in the 82nd minute off an assist from Mark Torre.

The Panthers had a 42-3 shot advantage in the game, with 23 of the shots on goal. The Crusaders did not get a shot off in the second half.

The Panthers host Covenant on Tuesday, beginning at 7:30 p.m.