Clarksville, Ark.-The Eagles posted a dominating 7-1 victory over Hendrix College in non-conference soccer action Wednesday afternoon behind brilliant team play.
Ozarks remains unbeaten on the season with a 3-0-1 record and will host Williams Baptist College September 14 at 1:00 pm.
The Eagles played a complete match creating a number of scoring opportunities and finishing those opportunities with fantastic finishes. While Ozarks pressured the Warrior (1-3-1) defense with dangerous plays on the offensive attack, its defense was equally brilliant on the pitch.
The Eagles exploded for five goals in the second half to break open a close contest. Hendrix would score first as it put one in the back of the net in the 3rd minute. But Ozarks countered with a goal in the 13th minute as Gage Merritt chipped it over the keeper’s head to tie the match. Thomas Mills then scored the game-winning goal in the 21st minute on another assist from Marcus Aldaba. Ozarks ended the first half with seven shots and four corner kicks.
Ozarks totally dominated the second behind five goals from four different players. Eloy Salgado scored in the 57th minute on a great finish. Shaun Keane netted a goal in the 59th minute and Aldaba added a goal in the 63rd minute to push the lead to 5-1. Matt Weaver then scored back-to-back goals to finish with a 7-1 win. Aldaba finished with three assists.
“We started slow in the first half and then we played our game and just tried to focus on what we had to do,” said senior midfielder Adrian Nunez. “In the second half we came out with more energy and played with fire. The pressuring was good and the communication on the field help produce those goals. Our defense took care of business. As the season progresses, I expect this team to be humble and play with class. We can’t jump to conclusions, we have to take it one game at a time.”