FHSU soccer moves to 4-0
Published on -9/10/2012, 10:23 AM
By The Hays Daily News
The Fort Hays State University men's soccer team concluded the FHSU Soccer Classic with a 2-1 victory Sunday against Colorado Mesa University at FHSU Soccer Stadium.
The win was a big one since Colorado Mesa defeated No. 20 Northeastern State University 3-2 in overtime on Friday at the Classic. Northeastern State was the No. 2-ranked team in FHSU's region.
The Tigers, ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II, improved to 4-0, while Colorado Mesa dropped to 2-1-1.
Tiger Junior forward Daniel Peralta scored the game-winning goal in the 70th minute.
Peralta put away a rebound after Colorado Mesa goalkeeper Micah Conrads failed to grab sophomore midfielder Tanner Brock's shot from the right side of the box.
The goal was Peralta's fourth of the season -- the most by any Tiger.
The teams traded goals in the first half.
FHSU senior forward Tomas Mares scored the opening goal in the 25th minute, hitting in his own rebound from a penalty kick.
Colorado Mesa Kevin Escobar tied the game in the 40th minute, as he headed in a cross from Marco Escobar.
The Tigers' offense has been on fire early in the season, scoring multiple goals in all four matches of the regular season, despite playing without last season's leading goal scorer, forward Ricardo Yeverino. Yeverino redshirted this season to recover from off-season knee surgery after scoring 15 goals in 2011.
It took the Tigers six matches to reach 12 goals last season, and FHSU has scored 12 in four matches this season.
FHSU returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday at Southern Nazarene University (0-4) in Bethany, Okla., for its Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association opener.
Southern Nazarene (0-4) is an associate member of the MIAA and has been outscored 14-2 this season.