Despite goalie Evan Helker posting three saves and blocking a free kick, an early goal was enough to push the Harding University bison past the Oklahoma Christian University men’s soccer team 1-0 on Saturday.
In the 17th minute, Harding’s Cooper Mosely scored on the rebound of a free kick in a packed penalty box to take the lead.
Outshooting the Bison 11-9, the Eagle’s scoring opportunity came within the last three minutes of play.
Harding’s goalkeeper Michael Wasson stopped a header from Oklahoma Christian’s Sergio Flores (from a corner kick by Chandler Parrish) in the 88th minute.
“It’s been a great year as we have grown closer together despite a few disappointing losses that could have ended differently if we changed some things,” Helker said. “Even though it has been a rough start, it’s a long season and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what we can do.”
The men’s team will continue its five-game home stand on Thursday with the Heartland Conference opener against Eastern New Mexico University at 7 p.m.
Despite early offensive pressure, a pair of shots rejected by the crossbar left the Oklahoma Christian University women’s soccer team scoreless in a 2-0 loss to Southern Nazarene University on Tuesday night.
Goalkeeper Carina Schanz blocked six shots in the first period, but Southern Nazarene’s Alyssa Glitzke broke the scoreboard silence when she struck a corner kick that found Hannah Robinson in the 64th minute.
The Crimson Storm managed to increase the lead in the 86th minute as Meagan Chase scored on a close hit with the assist by Kylee Payne.
The Lady Eagles saw their best chance at scoring during the 16th and 47th minute, respectively, as the crossbar denied shots by Jen Atherton and Rubi Villegas Aguilar.
“We knew going into this week that we would have three tough games and Southern Nazarene is always a big rivalry game for our school,” senior defender Amanda Cooper said. “There was a great amount of passion from our girls tonight but we just couldn’t overcome our mistakes. But after tonight, we are going to try hard to shake this off and be ready for the two big upcoming conference games.”
The Lady Eagles will play Heartland Conference rival Dallas Baptist University on Thursday before traveling to Austin, Texas Saturday to face St. Edwards University.