Arato, Williamson Lead Men's Soccer to 5-1 Win on Senior Day

Arato, Williamson Lead Men's Soccer to 5-1 Win on Senior Day

ROME, Ga. — The senior combination of Henry Arato and Jake Williamson led the Berry College men's soccer team to a 5-1 victory over Birmingham-Southern on Sunday afternoon in record setting fashion.

Williamson scored a hat-trick in the first half to claim the Berry NCAA Division III era scoring record for a single-season (15) and a career (38). The victory was also the second straight match where Berry scored five goals, the first time that has happened since the 2007 season. With the win Berry is now 8-5-1 on the year and 2-2-0 in leauge play. BSC is 6-5-1 and 2-2-0. 

Williamson needed just eight minutes to break the record, scoring off an assist from JP Phillips to put Berry up 1-0. BSC scored the equalizer in the 14th minute off the boot of Coleman Jennings. Williamson then scored his second off one-touch passes from Janson Witcher and Arato to put Berry up 2-1 in the 18th minute. He earned the hat trick just over a minute later off his left foot to give the Vikings a 3-1 advantage at the half. 

Arato and Williamson then connected with some Senior Day magic in the 55th minute. Williamson found Arato on the left side of the box for Henry's first goal of the afternoon. Josh Pruett drove home a penalty kick in the 73rd minute to secure the victory. 

It was just the third time in Berry's NCAA Division III era that a player scored a hat trick and Williamson's second of his career. Arato continued his streak, starting in every match since his freshman year. Berry returns to action on Oct. 18 at Hendrix.