Senior midfielder Omar Moro’s three goals helped the Lightning to a 5-1 win over Medgar Evers. (Photo courtesy of Lehman College)

BRONX, N.Y. – In what is a rarity, if not a college record, both of Lehman College’s soccer teams boasted players with finished with hat-tricks in City University of New York Athletic Conference wins within hours of one another.

In the 11 a.m. women’s game on South Field, a hat-trick from sophomore midfielder Melanie Siranaula led Lehman to a 6-0 triumph over York College at South Field on Saturday.

In the 1:30 p.m. men’s match on the same pitch, senior midfielder Omar Moro added a hat-trick for the Lightning in its 5-1 victory over Medgar Evers College.

The Lightning men (3-5, 1-1) ended a four-game losing streak while the Cougars fell to 0-6, 0-2 in conference.

Senior forward Sahl Alzubidi got Lehman on the board first in 17th minute, scoring his fifth goal of season, off a low cross from junior midfielder Marcus Folkes.

Medgar Evers’ Darrell Ambersley tied it off a corner kick in the 24th minute.

Moro gave the Lightning the lead, with his first of three goal, in 57th minute off assists from Alzubidi and sophomore midfielder Eduardo Victorio.

A minute later, Moro had his second goal of the match after an assist from freshman forward Mubarack Ouro. The two combined again as Ouro gave another pass to Moro to complete his hat-trick in the 64th minute.

Junior midfielder Mendim Gashi closed out the scoring in the 85th minute off a feed from freshman midfielder Jason Tinoco.

Lehman travels to CUNYAC foe York College in Jamaica, N.Y. for a Wednesday clash at 4:30 p.m.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at