September 27, 2018
ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' men's soccer fell 2-1 to Ozarks on Thursday night in American Southwest Conference play.
The Eagles had the first goal off a crazy set piece, which was headed up in the air by Thomas Ross and followed by a spinning back-heel kick from Spence Jean-Baptiste for a goal in the 24th minute.
In the closing minutes of the half, the Cowboys rallied for a goal by Gilbert Mugisha, who received a great headed pass from Preston Hillis from the back post off a cross in the 42nd minute, making it 1-1 at half.
The game was a grudge match throughout the second half, with both teams gaining and losing momentum. Ozarks would score off an own goal by HSU after an Ozarks' corner was deflected multiple times, with eight minutes left in the match.
The Cowboys rally came to a head when the referee stopped the clock with two seconds left after an Ozarks foul. The ensuing set piece was narrowly missed at the back post, leaving the final score 2-1 for an Ozarks victory.
HSU had 12 shots to Ozarks' 17, each team with five on goal. The corner margin was 4-3 in favor of Ozarks.
Trent Ivy managed three saves in the books but had many great plays on intermediate balls to shut down a majority of the Eagles offense. Logan Valestin got the start in goal for Ozarks and recorded four saves.
HSU (0-7-1, 0-4 ASC) will play again this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. against UT Tyler in Abilene following the women's match.
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