Clarksville, Ark.-After a sluggish first half in sloppy field conditions, the Eagles delivered four second half goals to earn a 4-1 victory over Concordia University Texas in Thursday's American Southwest Conference match.
Steady rain throughout the match caused muddy field conditions, slowing the Eagles (12-4-1, 8-3-1) down from its usual fast-paced attack. Concordia (3-11-2, 1-9-2) slipped a goal in when Ozarks had a defensive breakdown in the 17th minute. That would be all the scoring in the first half even though Ozarks had a number of scoring opportunities early on. In fact, the Eagles had five shots and two corner kicks within the first ten minutes of play. Dylan Evans nearly tied the match in the 27th minute, but Concordia goalkeeper Ulbaldo Vazquez came up with a save. Vazquez came up with an even better save on Philip Johnson’s left-footed shot in the 42nd minute.
Ozarks was a different team in the second half, as it recorded 12 shots against the Tordanos. Francisco Garza started it off for Ozarks, scoring in the 67th minute on an assist from Dylan Evans. Travis Murnan scored from 30 yards out in the 80th minute to put Ozarks ahead 2-1. Aaron Brueckner received the assist. Brandon VanCleave scored in the 83rd minute and Philip Johnson followed with a goal one minute later. Brueckner and Tate Ramirez received assists for the final two scores.
Neil Thompson had three saves. VanCleave posted six shots for Ozarks.
Ozarks will host UT-Tyler Saturday in their final regular season match of the season. All five seniors and their families will be recognized immediately following the women’s match.