Cardenas' hat trick propels Pirates past Mustangs, 5-1

Cardenas' hat trick propels Pirates past Mustangs, 5-1

NORCO -- It's never an easy trek out to Norco College, but Nicholas Cardenas made sure it was a fun trek for the Orange Coast College men's soccer team as the Pirates topped the host Mustangs, 5-1, on Tuesday, in an Orange Empire Conference matchup.

Cardenas notched three goals for the Pirates (9-7-4, 7-5-2 in conference), while Achref Beldi added a goal and three assists and Vitor Gameiro notched a solo tally as well.

Coast used a dominant first half of play to jump out to a 4-0 lead on the Mustangs (5-9-3, 2-9-2) and never looked back.

Thiago Lino Da Costa notched five saves for Coast in the regular season finale for the Pirates.

Coast must now wait to hear from the Southern California Regional playoff seeding committee this coming weekend for any potential postseason matchup. Log on to for the latest playoff information as it becomes available.