Clarksville, Ark.-Junior forward Guido Salas scored less than 30 seconds into the match, but Southwestern Christian University answered with a pair of goals to earn a 2-1 win over the Eagles in Friday's exhibition match.
Salas beat a number of Southwestern Christian defenders to the net to quickly give Ozarks a 1-0 advantage. Southwestern then scored a timely goal with only 36 seconds left in the half to even the score 1-1. James Cottage eventually scored the game-winning in the 65th minute on a penalty kick. Just prior to Cottage’s goal, Devon Utley nearly put in a diving header only to see goalkeeper Joe Shulberg come up with a nice save. Ozarks next best chance to score came when Tanner Holman recorded a shot that sailed wide in the 80th minute.
Ozarks totaled 10 shots, with Utley, Travis Murnan and Adrian Nunez recording two apiece.
The Eagles open regular season play September 1 in Shreveport, La., against LSU-Shreveport. The Eagles will then face NCAA I Centenary College September 2.