The Fort Hays State men's soccer team returned home on Thursday to take on the Upper Iowa Peacocks inside FHSU Soccer Stadium and increased their win streak to five matches in a row with a 3-0 shutout victory over the Peacocks. The Tigers improved to 8-2-1 overall and 3-0 in the MIAA, while the Peacocks dipped to 3-4-2 on the season and 2-2 in conference play.
On a gloomy and frigid night in Hays, the Tigers and Peacocks faced each other for the first time this season and the 13th meeting all-time. Fort Hays State improved its overall record against Upper Iowa to 10-2-1.
In a match overpowered by the Tiger offense, FHSU outshot UIU 26-3 in the contest. The Tigers held a 15-0 edge in shots on goal, including eight from forward Santiago Agudelo, who broke his own previous record of six shots on frame in a single match on Saturday (Sept. 29) against Southern Nazarene.
Agudelo got the scoring started off in the right direction for the Tigers in the 30th minute when Moritz Walther struck a pass to Alonso Rodriguez, who then flipped the ball over to Agudelo for his 13th goal of the season.
FHSU held the 1-0 advantage over Upper Iowa heading into intermission.
The Tigers continued their aggressive offensive game plan in the second half as they produced ten shots to the Peacocks one in the final 45 minutes of play.
In the 56th minute of the contest, defender Luis Torres connected on his fourth goal of the year after accepting a header pass from Walther on a corner kick entry from Rogelio Lopez, making the score 2-0 in favor of the Tigers.
Abdoulaye Cisse collected his second score of the season in the 63rd minute after taking a rebound off of Peacock goalkeeper Nikolai Gogol's save from a Tobias Patino shot, giving the Tigers the 3-0 lead. The score would prove to be the final score.
Agudelo broke two more records against the Peacocks as he took 13 shots, with eight of which on frame. Fernando Pina earned the victory in goal for the Tigers, improving his record to 4-0-1 as a Tiger. Pina picked up his second shutout in the process.
The Tigers are back in action Sunday as they face the Lindenwood Lions inside FHSU Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is slated for noon.
Tiger tennis ends fall season with over Ottawa
LAWRENCE — In its final fall competition of the year, the Fort Hays State women's tennis team captured a 5-3 win on the road against Ottawa. The Tigers concluded the first half of their season at 3-2, while the Braves dropped to 0-1.
The Tigers captured two of three doubles contests to gain the early advantage in the match. The duo of Nicole Lubbers and Laura Jimenez-Lendinez earned the 9-7 victory after battling off the Braves' partners of Bruna Pacheco and Nicole Robbins. Haley Weidemann and Kimberly Stone captured an 8-0 shutout win over Ashlynn Good and Tayler Alterman for the two FHSU victories. The Tigers fell in the No. 1 double spot as Ellea Ediger and Lauren Lindell slipped 5-8 against Shepherd and Arias.
In singles play, the Tigers captured three matches in the No. 4 – No. 6 spots. Weidemann took the 6-2, 6-2 win over Robbins. Stone claimed a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Alterman. Nicole Lubbers defeated Good in the No. 5 spot to help Fort Hays State improve to 3-2 on the season.
The Tigers get a long break before the spring competition starts which features MIAA play. First up in the second half of the season is a road contest at Hastings College on March 2.