ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — No. 22 Fort Hays State Men's Soccer traveled to play Ouachita Baptist on Thursday evening in a match that ended 2-2 at the conclusion of two overtime periods.
Out of the gates, the Tigers registered the first three shots of the game. Senior forward Santiago Agudelo struck the third shot and began the test of Ouachita goalkeeper Matt Day, who pushed the shot out for a corner kick.
Ouachita Baptist would then go on a fastbreak off of the corner kick. Hector Duron ended the play with a goal, creating a 1-0 lead in favor of Ouachita.
Although Ouachita Baptist snagged the first goal of the match, Fort Hays would continue their relentless performance in the attacking third of the field, registering nine shots in the opening 40 minutes.
Just four minutes later, forward Antonio De La Torre substituted into the game and made an immediate impact. The junior fired a shot at the top right corner of the goal for his first goal of the season to level the scoreboard going into halftime.
De La Torre's goal marked the fourth shot on target in the match for the black and gold.
Agudelo swiftly opened up the scoring in second half, only requiring 39 seconds to snag his fourth goal of the season and give FHSU a 2-1 lead. The senior beat Day to the middle of the goal on an assist from Arsenio Chamorro, whom substituted into the game coming out of the break.
In the 80th minute, Ouachita Baptist substituted Abraham Lazo into the match and only five minutes later, he would notch a goal of his own. Following a yellow card handed to Moises Peralta, Lazo snuck a shot past senior Cullen Fisch to put the game back to even scoring.
The draw would last to the full-time whistle and through the overtime periods ending in a 2-2 finish.
Fort Hays successfully put on a powerful offensive display, more than tripling Ouachita in the amount of total shots taken (20-6). Fourteen of the shots for FHSU came within the first 54 minutes, where they hit the target six times.
Day handled the persistence of the Tigers' attack, making six saves throughout the match.
With the tie, Fort Hays moves to 3-3-1 on the season and is now 2-0-1 in conference play, while Ouachita Baptist holds a record of 1-4-2 overall.
FHSU will play Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas on Saturday. The contest is slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff.