Men's Soccer Clashes with Hustlin' Owls
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University men’s soccer team clashed with rival Oregon Tech Tue., Sept. 8, in a rematch from a week earlier. The earlier game played in Klamath Falls, Ore., was plagued by penalties on both sides of the field. Tuesday night both teams toned down their attitudes and simply played soccer.
Each team matched intensity with hard-nosed defensive efforts forcing few attempted shots on goal. Simpson goalie Matt Deacon had his work cut out for him and was able to save three goals in the first half. OIT capitalized however off of their 9-2 first period shot attempt advantage, scoring twenty eight minutes into the game off of a Sam Holcomb 10 yard chip shot from in front of the goal.
In the second half, Simpson competed with the OIT Owls and was able to get two good looks at the goal that barely missed. Simpson reversed the first half shot deficit by getting eight shots to OIT’s four. With nine minutes to go in regulation, OIT put the final nail in Simpson’s coffin. Ray Chavolla’s goal from a Jaimes Antonio assist would all but end the game. OIT stalled for the final minutes of the game, moving the ball to the corner and running out the clock.
“I heard the goal post clang a couple times tonight fellas,” Simpson head coach Darby Anderson told his athletes after the game. “We could have won that game; you have to feel better than we did after the game up there!”
Simpson was clearly a better looking squad in this 2-0 loss than seven days earlier when OIT scored five goals to the Red Hawk’s one. Simpson looks to take its improved play into its next game against Hope International on Friday Sept. 11 at home. Kick-off is at 2 p.m.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.