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Howard Payne Nets Game-Winner In Closing Moments

October 2, 2010
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-Howard Payne University overcame a second half deficit to pull out a 2-1 victory over the Eagles by netting the game-winning goal with one minute to play Saturday in American Southwest Conference action.

The heart-breaking loss puts Ozarks at 3-7-0 overall and 2-4-0 in conference play. The Eagles will travel to Kerrville, Texas, to face Schreiner University October 8 and Seguin, Texas, to take on Texas Lutheran University October 9.

Saturday’s match saw Howard Payne (5-3-1, 3-3-0 ASC) overcome a1-0 halftime deficit as the Yellow Jackets scored both of their goals late in the second half. Francisco Garza scored his fourth goal of the season when he dribbled around a pair of defenders to his left and ripped one in the lower right corner in the 28th minute. Garza nearly scored his second goal of the match in the 70th minute, but his shot sailed wide left. The match remained 1-0 until the 82nd minute when Howard Payne’s Luis Tamez scored the equalizer. Just when it appeared the match was heading into overtime, Howard Payne took advantage of an Ozarks’ misplayed ball and scored the game-winner in the waning moments.

Ozarks goalkeeper Neil Thompson had six saves, all coming in the second half. Garza finished with three shots.