ST. PETER - St. Peter midfielder Kaelan Weiss produced a hat trick to complement one assist in engineering the Saints' 6-1 victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals during Big South Conference soccer action on Saturday in St. Peter.
Midfielder Derek Hunwardsen delivered an unassisted goal only 3 minutes into the second half to account for Fairmont Area's only point of the game.
Weiss generated all three of his goals and distributed his one helper during the opening 40-minute half to help St. Peter build a 4-0 lead by intermission.
Weiss netted his initial goal of the game just 5 minutes into the first half before cashing in the Saints' penalty kick a couple of minutes later for an early 2-0 advantage.
Weiss then turned playmaker by finding Isaac Westphal for a goal and 3-0 lead with 7:59 remaining in the opening half.
Weiss then completed his hat trick by delivering another unassisted goal with just 1:16 remaining before halftime.
Hunwardsen's goal narrowed the Cardinals' gap to 4-1 during the second half's early stages before the Saints tallied two more goals down the stretch.
Joey More found the net off of a pass from Jacob Lamb to extend St. Peter's margin to 5-1 with 31 minutes remaining in regulation.
Wyatt Gillette closed out the conference clash's scoring by depositing the ball into Fairmont Area's net with 13:22 remaining.
Netminder Joey Siebels made three stops to net the victory for St. Peter.
Jarrod Daniel started between the pipes and recorded six saves for the Cardinals.
Fairmont Area (0-2, 0-2 Big South) plays host to New Prague at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont.
St. Peter (2-0, 2-0) plays host to Mankato West at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
St. Peter 4-2-6
SP - Kaelan Weiss (unassisted), 35:00.
SP - Kaelan Weiss penalty kick, 33:00.
SP - Isaac Westphal (Kaelan Weiss), 7:59.
SP - Kaelan Weiss (unassisted), 1:16.
FA - Derek Hunwardsen (unassisted), 37:00.
SP - Joey More (Jacob Lamb), 31:00.
SP - Wyatt Gillette (unassisted), 13:22.
Saves: Joey Siebels (SP) 3; Jarrod Daniel (FA) 6.