After picking up a pair of MIAA wins last week — a 7-0 route against Southwest Baptist and a 2-1 overtime thriller against Northeastern State — the Fort Hays State University soccer team carried a bit of momentum into Thursday night’s matchup with Oklahoma Baptist at the FHSU soccer stadium.
OBU came out strong to begin the game, but was unable to convert off either of their two corner kicks within the first five minutes of the match, and FHSU rolled to its third straight victory, 3-0.
After the Tigers survived the early push, they went on the pitch where Yaya Cisse was able to break away from the Bison defenders and find the bottom left corner of the net in the 12th minute.
Cisse later found Raul Fierro on a cross from the corner with a perfectly placed ball as Fierro headed the ball in the upper left corner of the net in the 28th.
Cisse said he was just doing his job.
“There really was nothing to it. It’s just some things we work on, set plays, get it out wide and put it in the box for our striker to put it in and we just executed exactly what we do at practice, and we got a result,” he said.
OBU battled back after each goal, but the Tiger defense was able to withstand the surge from the Bison to end the first half with a 2-0 lead.
Once again, OBU came out strong offensively to begin the second half, as they had a shot on goal in the 46th minute, but FHSU quickly answered with two shots on goal in the 50th.
The Bison were able to keep the ball in Tiger territory at the beginning of the second half, but were unable to turn that into a goal.
In the 66th minute, the Tigers went on the offensive, led once again by Cisse. He launched a shot toward the goal which the goalie was unable to corral, leaving Nathan De La Hoya with an easy putback to make it 3-0.
The Tigers had the opportunity to score a few more times late in the game, but were called offsides.
After the game, cheers from the team could be heard outside the locker room. The Tigers started the season 0-4-2, but now sit 3-4-2.
“As you can hear the boys are pretty happy. We started the season very slow, but right now we’re starting to play together and we’re coming along as a team,” Cisse said. “It’s a big step forward for us. We’ve just got to keep working together”
The Tigers are back in action Saturday as they face Southern Nazarene at 1:30 at FHSU.