Only being in the United States for a little over a year, Colorado Mesa forward Lawan Abary is already making his stamp. The Niger native scored four goals in the Mavericks last match, helping CMU beat CSU Pueblo 6-2.
The four goals set a new school record for goals in a single game, and he did it in just 47 minutes of play.
"It was a good game," Abary said. "My teammates helped me. We were disappointed that we didn't win the first game, but we were happy to win the second."
"We know that he can do that," CMU head soccer coach Todd Padgett said. "He's obviously not going to get that opportunity every single game I can only imagine. He's a bit of a marked man now."
The target has been on Lawan's back ever since he got to the states. Before coming to the Valley, Abary spent a season playing soccer at Western Nebraska Community College where he became the school's all-time points leader with 26, 20 of them being goals.
"He's a hand-full," Padgett added. "You can't exactly coach 6'4" with the ability to move and jump like Lawan has. He's ambitious and he works hard for the cause of the team. I think he definitely has a few more in him on the year."
Lawan, currently, leads the team in goals with seven, and he did so in just three games. He's averageing 2.33 goals a game, which would be very impressive if he were to keep up the pace and would probably break more records.
The Mavericks next game is Friday September, 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Walker Field, against the (0-5) Colorado Christian Cougars.