|Mount Mercy (Iowa) (3-2-0)||3||4||7|
|Viterbo (Wis.) (1-7-0)||0||1||1|
|La Crosse, WI|
|1||9:23||Ljubisa Palic (Mount Mercy (Iowa))|
|1||24:16||Ljubisa Palic (Mount Mercy (Iowa))|
|1||33:03||Ljubisa Palic (Mount Mercy (Iowa))|
|2||50:23||Souleymane Diallo (Mount Mercy (Iowa))|
|2||56:29||Ljubisa Palic (Mount Mercy (Iowa))|
|2||62:47||Souleymane Diallo (Mount Mercy (Iowa))|
|2||69:50||Ricardo Etienne (Mount Mercy (Iowa))|
|2||72:36||Seth Fahlgren (Viterbo (Wis.))|
|Mount Mercy (Iowa)||Indv. Leaders||Viterbo (Wis.)|
|#10 Ljubisa Palic - 4||Goals||#19 Seth Fahlgren - 1|
|#24 James Conversano - 3||Assists||#33 Carson Skemp - 1|
|#10 Ljubisa Palic - 9||Shots||2 Players (#22,#27,#11,#19,#21) - 1|
|#00 Hunter Hermsen - 2||Saves||#0 Ben Kellner - 9|
|Mount Mercy (Iowa)||Team Statistics||Viterbo (Wis.)|
|28 (16)||Shots (on goal)||9 (4)|
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- After a tough road loss at Trinity International (Ill.) on Saturday, the Mount Mercy men's soccer team responded in a big way, pounding Viterbo (Wis.), 7-1, in a non-conference match on Tuesday. Ljubisa Palic notched four goals, Souleymane Diallo two and Ricardo Etienne the other for a Mustang offense that tripled the V-Hawks in shot attempts.
Palic and the Mustangs got started early. He scored the first goal in the 10th minute and had a hat trick by the 34th minute as Mount Mercy led, 3-0, at intermission. Palic's fourth goal was sandwiched between a pair of Diallo scores and the rout was on. Etienne finished the scoring for Mount Mercy in the 70th minute before Viterbo put a mark on the board three minutes later.
Palic, the team's leading scorer this season with six goals and four assists, is the fourth player in school history to net four goals in a match. Kevon Farquharson holds the school record with seven in a match in 2014. Josip Druzijanic scored five in 2013 and Petar Triva had four goals in a match in 2010. James Conversano had three assists on Tuesday to give him four this fall. Filip Kovacevic also assisted Mount Mercy's first goal of the day. Starting goalkeeper Hunter Hermsen had two saves in his second victory of the year. Dane Lee stopped one shot over the final 25 minutes as well.
The Heart of America Athletic Conference schedule begins this week for the Mustangs (3-2-0), who travel to Kansas City, Mo., to take on Avila (Mo.) (4-2-0) on Friday at 5:00 p.m. at Zarda Athletic Complex.