Men’s Soccer takes on Oral Roberts to a stalemate
CONWAY, Ark. – Playing for more than a score on Tuesday night, the Central Arkansas men’s soccer team teamed up with Oral Roberts in midfield ahead of kickoff in honor of Golden Eagles member Eugene Quaynor passed away last week. Once play started, the teams tied the game 2-2, with the Bears making a comeback late in the game to even the score.
The toss improves Arkansas Center to 4-4-2 on the year and marks only the second time a game has ended with a tie in the past two seasons.
Oral Roberts fired out of the gates to open the scoring, breaking through the defense and completing the opening goal in the fourth minute, emotionally celebrating the first goal without Quaynor and honoring his memory. The Golden Eagles continued to be the aggressors, beating the Bears 4-1 in the first 15 minutes and changing.
Once the Bears settled, the defense stalled, allowing just two more shots from the visitors the rest of the half. The only problem being that Central Arkansas struggled to counter with a lot of offense. Also only taking two shots the rest of the first half, the defenses possessed their respective thirds, with no opportunities presenting themselves as the minutes ticked away until the end of the period.
Just like in the first, ORU started the second half under immense pressure, earning a free kick just outside the box in the opening minutes. Playing in a dangerous ball, the Bears were caught on the wrong end of an unfortunate rebound, allowing an own goal to fall back two scores.
Undeterred, the Arkansas center kept pushing forward, forcing the Golden Eagles to take hard shots to give the offense a chance to gain the advantage. The Bears finally broke through in the 72n/a minute, scoring a goal to close the gap to a single score. Firing a free kick deep into enemy territory, the ball found the feet of Jonathan Randallwho mixed it with Mathias Bendiksen. Creating space, Bendiksen fired into the face of goal, moving the ball over a defender’s foot and curling it off the post.
The score breathed new energy into the Bears, who were once again motivated to find an equalizer. Moving up the field quickly, another free kick was taken about 35 yards from the net. Throwing a ball, Bendiksen served a pass on a silver platter to a waiting player Richy Lapointe-Guevarawho finished the job with a slap in the right side of the goal in the 77th.
Deadlocked again for the first time since the fourth minute, the teams battled it out for the final 13 minutes. After falling behind early, the Bears outscored the Golden Eagles 10-5 in the second half, aiming to get back in the game.
Central Arkansas returns to the field on Saturday, making the trip to Charlotte, North Carolina to take on new ASUN member Queens. Kickoff in Carolina is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. CT.