Harding begins with 1-1 tie
SEARCY — Harding (0-0-1) opened the 2015 season with a 1-1 tie with Dallas Baptist (3-2-1) on Thursday at Stevens Field. It was the first time the 16-year program history that the Bisons went to overtime in their season opener. Dallas Baptist’s Riley Alvey’s back-heel pass in traffic in the 18-yard box found sub Brooks Friedman on the right side of the 6-yard box in the 30th minute. Friedman’s tap-in gave the Patriots the halftime lead. Harding’s Jackson Buchanan sent a long pass along the ground down the left side to Barry Foster, who cut back against two defenders and scored despite an extremely tough angle to the far post 25 minutes later. Dallas Baptist had only three first-half goals last season but took a 1-0 lead into the halftime break. Harding had a 16-14 shots advantage and outshot Dallas Baptist 4-2 in the two 10-minute overtime periods.
Late goals doom UCA
CONWAY – The Central Arkansas men’s soccer team returned to the pitch on Sunday afternoon, continuing their yearly rivalry with the Cardinals of the University of the Incarnate Word. The Bears led the majority of the match, but the Cardinals got a pair of late goals to lock up the win, 2-1. Junior Wes Carson put the Bears (1-3-0) on the board in the 10th minute, collecting a pass from sophomore Pepe San Roman in the box and putting it away from five yards out for his third goal of the season. The Central Arkansas lead would hold until the 81st minute, when Noah Keats launched a free kick into the Central Arkansas box, where it found the head of Alex Hoyl, who knocked it home from seven yards out to even the score at 1-1. Just two minutes later, Incarnate Word (2-1) got the game-winner, when Jonathan Camarena found Keats, who beat Central Arkansas keeper Harrison Veith from eight yards out. On the day, the Bears put 12 of their 18 shots on goal, led by Carson, who was on target with all three of his attempts. Daltyn Knutson, Joey Kampmann, and San Roman each put a pair of shots on frame, while Niklas Sandquist, Colton Jackson, and Carson Cacciatore each put a single shot on goal. In net for the Bears, Veith had a career day, making a career-high 11 saves, a mark which is tied for the fourth-most in a single game in school history.
UCA’s Carson scores twice in win
CONWAY – The Central Arkansas Bears opened their home slate on Friday night, playing host to cross-town opponent Central Baptist at the Bill Stephens Soccer Complex. The Bears got a pair of goals from junior Wes Carson to down the Mustangs 2-1. Central Arkansas (1-2-0) controlled most of the possession in the first half, holding an 8-0 lead in shots at the break, but neither team was able to find the net. In the second half, the Bears took a lead in the 62nd minute, when sophomore William Woody and freshman Greg Jacobus strung together an attack that found the head of Carson, who flicked it over CBC (0-1-1) keeper Bryce Deaton for his first goal of the season. The Mustangs evened the score at 1-1 in the 67th minute, as Callum Morris collected a cross from Ferdinand Matebu and put it away from six yards out. Carson got the game-winner in the 81st minute, gathering a cross from sophomore Colton Jackson and slamming it home for his second goal of the night. Carson led the Central Arkansas attack on the night, putting both of his attempts on frame, while freshman Jacob Jerles and sophomore Pepe San Roman each added an attempt on goal. Harrison Veith made one save for the Bears.
Harding comes up short
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Harding (0-2) fell to Missouri Western State 2-1 on Sunday in non-conference action in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association/Great American Conference Challenge hosted by Missouri Western State. Harding senior midfielder Audrey Adkison gave the Lady Bisons the lead after she found the back of the net from 25-yards out. Harding had 10 shots in the game, five on goal. Missouri Western State took 23 shots, 13 on goal. Adkison’s goal for Harding was the 13th of her career and her first of the season. Lady Bison goalkeeper Kaitlyn Miller had a season-high 11 saves. Blessie took six shots, three on goal. Harding will play its home opener on Thursday when it hosts Central Baptist in non-conference action at the Stevens Soccer Field at 7 p.m.
OBU opens with win
ARKADELPHIA – The Ouachita Tigers (1-0) put on an offensive showcase on Friday, defeating the Rogers State Hillcats 6-0 in the first women’s soccer match of the 2015 season. Haley Hatcher, who finished the 2014 season tied for seventh in all of Division II with 17 goals, scored the first two in the victory. Rogers State finished with four more total shots than the Tigers, but Ouachita recorded 15 shots on goal compared to the Hillcats’ nine. Both teams ended with nine saves each. Hatcher led the Tigers with seven total shots and four shots on goal. Alisa Trejo followed with three shots, all being on goal, and Bryson Thomas added two shots. Lauren Llanes started at keeper for Ouachita, holding the Hillcats scoreless in the first half and accumulating three saves. Katy Alexander stepped in goal in the second half and helped record the shutout while saving six shots.
Golden Hurricane hold back UCA
TULSA — The Central Arkansas women’s soccer team took the field against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6-0) on Sunday afternoon. The Bears struggled to get anything going offensively on the day, falling 2-0. The Bears took three shots on the day, led by Alex Moore, who put her only attempt on goal, while Shelby Wilson and Dayna Mounie each took a shot. In goal for the Bears, Anna Hughes and Lauren Mercuri each made five saves and allowed a goal. Central Arkansas returns to the Bill Stephens Soccer Complex for a pair of matches next weekend. The Bears will take on Missouri State on Friday evening at 7 p.m., before hosting Mississippi Valley State on Sunday at 3 p.m.