KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Fort Hays State men's soccer team upset third-ranked Rockhurst with a 4-2 victory behind a hat trick from junior Sergio Villalba on Sunday. The Tigers improved to 2-0 on the season.
After going 0-2-1 against Rockhurst in the past two years, the Tigers notched the win behind three goals from Villalba and a goal from Arsenio. FHSU struck first as Villalba scored his first goal of the season by converting a free kick from 25 yards in the 24th minute for his first goal since September of last year.
Federico Verlichi connected on the equalizer for Rockhurst, putting one inside the left post from six yards out in the 35th minute. The Tigers acted quickly as Santiago Agudelo broke through the Hawks' defense and set up Villalba for his second score of the contest as he banked the ball off the right post from six yards, putting the Tigers out front once more.
At the break, the Tigers led the Hawks 2-1. Rockhurst came out firing in the second half and tied the game 2-2 in the 49th minute on a goal from Gianluca Bottoni. In a span of the next 28:35, the teams combined for two yellow cards and 12 fouls.
The Tigers were able to forge ahead once more in the 77th minute as Villalba completed the hat trick on another free kick from about 20 yards. Both the Tigers and Hawks were forced to play with only 10 men for the final six minutes.
Chamorro put the finishing touch on the match with his first goal of the season in the 90th minute, accepting a pass from Tobias Patino and connecting on a chip shot to the left side of the net from 10 yards out.
Tempers flared throughout the match as a total of 37 fouls were called between the teams. Cullen Fisch picked up the victory in goal for the Tigers as he moved to 2-0 on the season.
Fort Hays State is back in action Thursday when it faces No. 5 Midwestern State on a neutral pitch in Shawnee, Okla. The Tigers and Mustangs are slated to kick off at 5 p.m.