Tiger Soccer Splits with HPUby Adam Ledyard
SOCCER (M): BROWNWOOD, Texas (10/24/13) – Christian Garcia and Peter Fitzsimmons combined for six of the seven goals scored with each player recording a hat trick in a 7-1 American Southwest Conference victory over Howard Payne University. With the win, ETBU is still in the hunt for an ASC playoff spot with a record of 3-3-2 in the ASC and are 4-5-2 overall.
ETBU scored three goals in the first half as Garcia started it off with his first of three goals in the 15th minute. Fitzsimmons netted his first goal in the 21st minute and then Garcia made it 3-0 with his second goal in the 40th minute. Gustavo Vazquez had the assists on the first two goals.
Fitzsimmons connected for his second goal of the match in the 50th minute as it was the first of three straight ETBU goals in 10 minutes. Garcia finished up his hat trick in the 57th minute and then Fitzsimmons collected his third goal in the 59th minute. Jose Alvarado made it 7-0 in the 69th minute on an assist from Jose Vega.
Cody Hopson receives the win with two saves and no goals scored in 77 minutes of play and Bryant Botello gave up the lone goal in his 13 minutes of play. ETBU took 19 shots with 10 on goal and HPU had 16 shots.
ETBU travels to Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, for another ASC match on Saturday.
HPU Nets Two Second Half Goals as ETBU Falls on Road
SOCCER (W): BROWNWOOD, Texas (10/24/13) – Two second half goals boosted Howard Payne University past East Texas Baptist University, 3-1, in American Southwest Conference play. The game was tied at one at the half before HPU took the league for good in the 50th minute. ETBU is now 5-6-1 and 4-3-1 in the ASC.
HPU struck early in the 13th minute when Kassey Nix put in the first goal of the day off of a corner kick from Tori Moore. Just 13 minutes later ETBU tied the match at one when Natalie Torres shot in a goal.
It was in the 50th minute, just five minutes into the second half, that HPU’s Erica Lopez put the Yellowjackets in front for good. An insurance goal was made in the 86th minute by HPU’s Taylor Bicknell for the 3-1 lead.
HPU held ETBU to just five overall shots with just four on goal while they took 12. HPU also had six corner kicks to ETBU’s two. Christina Salas finished with two saves for the loss.
ETBU travels to Abilene, Texas, on Saturday for a match vs. #11 Hardin-Simmons.