Tiger men pick up 5-2 win in MIAA opener
Published on -9/16/2012, 7:28 PM
By The Hays Daily News
BETHANY, Okla. -- The No. 11 Fort Hays State University men's soccer team didn't have much of a problem in its Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association opener.
The Tigers (5-0, 1-0 MIAA) defeated MIAA associate member Southern Nazarene University 5-2.
As Fort Hays kept its undefeated streak going, SNU improved its winless streak, dropping to 0-6 and 0-1 in the MIAA.
Junior forward Daniel Peralta scored the opening goal on a penalty kick just 31 seconds into the game. SNU's Brock Amaya received a red card on the foul in the box, and the Crimson Storm were forced to play with just 10 players for the rest of the match.
Peralta's goal was his fifth of the season -- a team high.
Fort Hays gave SNU a gift, as the Tigers knocked in an own goal to tie it in the 16th minute.
Then FHSU sophomore midfielder Diego Cabral scored two goals prior to the end of the first half.
Cabral scored one on a cross from senior defender Patrick Brennan in the 30th minute, and in the 43rd minute, Cabral scored off a corner kick, dribbling from the corner and scoring to the far side of the goal.
SNU narrowed the lead with a penalty kick in the 78th minute, but the Tigers scored two more goals late.
Freshman midfielder Michael Cole scored in the 85th minute on a cross from freshman forward Austin Clifton, and Clifton scored in the 88th minute, lobbing in a shot over SNU's goalkeeper.
Clifton's assist and goal were his first of his Tiger career.
FHSU sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Pakieser registered five saves.
The Tigers play at 3:30 p.m. today at No. 13 West Texas A&M.