Fort Hays State men's soccer netted three goals on Thursday night in its victory over Oklahoma Baptist, 3-1. The home match win marks the 21st consecutive victory at FHSU Soccer Stadium for the Tigers.
Fort Hays State controlled the majority of play in the first half. Santiago Agudelo began the scoring for the Tigers. In the 28th minute, Mauricio Etcheverry sent a cross into the box, finding Agudelo sprinting to the near post. The senior forward finished off the play with a diving header to redirect the ball into the back of the net.
Just three minutes later, Agudelo collected another mark on the scoresheet. From midfield, Agudelo sent a through ball to Arsenio Chamorro up the left side, who was pressuring the back line of the Bison defense. Seeing that Chamorro was set free, the striker followed the play and was ultimately rewarded on a smooth grounded cross from Chamorro to put the Tigers up, 2-0.
Coming out of halftime, the Bison used the wind at their back and increased pressure aggressively. Only taking two shots in the first half, Oklahoma Baptist rebounded by adding another 11 in the final 45 minutes. In the 72nd minute, the Bison managed to grab a goal of their own. Alejandro Castillo fired his shot from 35-yards past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Kieran Brown and into the top left corner of the goal.
Only at a one goal deficit, Oklahoma Baptist added even more intensity to their play. However, the intensity was handled well by the Tigers' back four of McCain, Bevis, Walther, and Benitez. In the 84th minute, FHSU turned their defense into offensive poise. Senior Ross Boyd beat his defender down the right sideline and swung a grounded cross around the Bison defenders, who were sprinting to get back. Boyd's cross reached the feet of Alonso Rodriguez who tapped the ball in past the keeper for the final goal of the night.
With the victory, the Tigers improve to 6-3-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the Great American Conference.
Fort Hays State totaled nine shots on Thursday night and only needed four saves by Brown at the other end of the field.
In his 86 minutes of play, Agudelo netted his eighth and ninth goals of the season, moving into the top-five of goal scorers across the entirety of NCAA Division II.
FHSU will be back in action on Saturday (Oct. 10) when they travel to Bethany, Okla. to go head-to-head with Southern Nazarene. That match is slated for a 4 p.m. kickoff.