MSC Soccer teams continue season with regional games versus NEO, NOC-Tonkawa
September 30, 2019
Coming off a tough road loss versus defending regional champions Rose State College, the Murray State College Women’s Soccer Team traveled to Miami to take on Northeastern Oklahoma A&M on September 23rd.
The Aggies came into the game with seven wins and one loss and two-and-one in regional play. A defensive battle throughout, the Aggies and Lady Norse finished the first half in a scoreless tie. The teams traded momentum multiple times in the second half and into a first overtime, but neither team was able to translate their momentum into a score. The goalless deadlock continued through much of the second 10-minute overtime. With a scoreless tie looming in the waining minutes of the final overtime, Aggie sophomore Alexes Sanchez broke away to score a game-ending goal with one minute left. The one-to-zero double overtime victory improved the Aggies’ record to eight wins and one loss going into their September 26 home game versus Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa.
The Aggie men’s team came into their game versus NEO with eight wins and a scoreless tie as the only blemish on their record. The first half of play ended with neither team able to convert any offensive runs into a goal, but 20 minutes into the second half Murray State freshman Luis Rodrigues scored to give the Aggies a one-goal lead. Rodrigues would net his second goal of the game a few minutes later, and the game flow changed from that point on. The Golden Norsemen offense struggled to maintain possession in their half of the field, increasing pressure on their defense and allowing Murray State freshman Daniel Diaz and sophomore David Mbuyu to each score goals in the final 20 minutes of the game. The four-to-zero Aggie victory left the Aggie unbeaten streak intact.
Both Aggie soccer teams returned home Thursday, September 26 to take on NOC-Tonkawa. The Aggie women, who have had several players battling injuries over the past week, took an early lead on a goal by sophomore Melizza Hernandez 15 minutes into the game. The one-goal lead stood though halftime and into the second half when Aggie sophomore Alexes Sanchez scored her ninth goal of the season to extend the Aggie lead. Despite a second half goal by NOC-Tonkawa a few minutes later, the Aggies were able to hold off the Mavericks late to secure a two-to-one victory and improve their overall record to nine wins and one loss. Aggie freshman goalie Erica Rey also recorded her second straight game with seven or more saves.
In their game versus NOC-Tonkawa, MSC men got on the scoreboard first with a goal from freshman Claudio Tipote midway through the first half. The Mavericks quickly answered with a goal a few minutes later to tie the game heading into halftime. The Aggies came out of halftime energized and quickly retook the lead with a goal by Ruben Carrasco three minutes into the second half. A late goal by the Aggies’ leading goal scorer Daniel Diaz helped secure a three-to-one victory for Murray State and extend the Aggies’ unbeaten streak to 11 games.
Next for both Aggie teams will be games at home versus Eastern Oklahoma State College on Thursday, October 3. Both Mountaineer teams are looking to improve their conference records after both teams’ games versus University of Ark.-Rich Mountain ended in ties after two overtimes on September 26th.