Clarksville, Ark.-Freshman forward Guido Salas scored in the 3rd minute and then added a pair of second half goals to complete a hat trick in Ozarks 5-2 American Southwest Conference win over Howard Payne Thursday.
The 5-foot-10, 155-pound Houston, Texas, native got the Eagles (8-2-2, 3-2-1) going early when one of his team-high five shots on goal whizzed past the Howard Payne goalkeeper with barely over two minutes played in the match. Howard Payne, however, scored in the 23rd minute to end the half at 1-1.
Salas, who came into the match tied for first in the ASC in assists, struck again early after halftime when he scored just 35 seconds into the second half. His third goal came in the 66th minute on a pass from Matt Engelman. The Yellow Jackets (4-3-2, 3-3-1) made things interesting when they scored in the 78th minute to make it 3-2. The Eagles answered quickly as Dylan Evans scored 22 seconds later and Brandon Pierson would finish the day’s scoring in the 84th minute on an assist from Salas.
Anthony Santoro, Philip Johnson and Devon Utley posted assists in the match.
Ozarks owned a 16-6 shots advantage. Salas and Evans each had five shots.
Ozarks will host Mary Hardin-Baylor October 11 at 3:00 p.m.
-Guido Salas becomes the first Ozarks player this season to record a hat trick. Salas’ seven-point total Thursday is also a team-high this season.
-Ozarks remains unbeaten against Howard Payne (3-0-0).
-Dylan Evans netted his 13th career goal in the win. Evans is tied for the team lead in goals with 4.
-Ozarks has yet to give up more than two goals in the past 46 matches. Austin College scored three times on the Eagles September 24, 2006.