Hope International too hot for Red Hawks
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - “I don’t know if I’ve packed enough warm clothes for the trip to Redding,” a Hope International men’s soccer player announced to the Universities Sports Information Director before making the trip to play Simpson University in Redding, California. “Not sure you quite know where you’re going,” was the reply he got back. In 104-degree temperature on Sept. 11, Hope International and Simpson clashed at the Simpson soccer field, battling exhaustion and high tempers.
It was an uphill battle for Simpson the entire way as Hope International's aggressive style of play allowed them to keep the ball on offense most of the game. Simpson junior keeper Matt Deacon's consistently made tremendously athletic saves one after another, but Hope’s 19-4 shot advantage made it a matter of time before one would travel past the veteran goalie. Hope International struck first 20 minutes into the first period as Anthony Magana set up Jesus Ramos for an open shot on the left side of the net.
As the game progressed the temperature continued to grow as well as the attitudes of players on both teams. Each squad had players receive yellow cards. This led the coaches of both teams to plead with the officials to help tone down the physical play so none of the players would get injured.
Hope International's next two goals came within two minutes of each other in the second half. Edgar Bran struck first off a ball that popped out of a hectic squabble in front of the goal. Exactly two minutes later, Bran’s teammate Austin Lane scored the final goal of the game. Deacon finished the game with five saves; teammates Ryan Braun and Andrew McClary each got one shot on goal for Simpson.
The Red Hawk’s next opportunity to turn things around will be Sept. 25 against conference foe Pacific Union College at Simpson. Kick-off is at 3 p.m.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.