Red Hawks bested by Walla Walla in preseason play
Simpson University Sports News
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The Simpson University Red Hawks men's soccer team was in action for the second time this season. They faced the Wolves from Walla Walla University on Friday, Sept. 2. The Red Hawks lost 4-2.
The first half started off so promising for Simpson. Just three minutes into the match, Luis Perez found the back of the net on a pass from captain Michael Guzman. The Red Hawks came close a few more times in the next 20 minutes but failed to add to their lead. After that the play became much more open and it was the Wolves who were the next team to find the back of the net. Wolves' striker Isaac Lopez finished a goal assisted by Michael Martine in the 30th minute. The Red Hawks' goalkeeper was able to get a hand on the ball but could not keep it from staying out. The scored remained 1-1 as the teams went into the half.
As the second half began, the Red Hawks found themselves on the end of some fierce offensive attack from the Wolves. One minute after the restart Walla Walla's Alex Lemnah scored. The Wolves kept attacking and earned themselves a penalty kick that goalkeeper Justin Webb was able to save and then make a great save on the rebound. The Red Hawks then were given hope when Ivan Alvarado was given his second yellow and ejected from the match when he took down Perez just outside the box. The Red Hawks, however, weren't able to take capitalize on their numerical advantage. The Wolves again found the back of the net in the 51st minute when Martinez scored to make it 3-1. The Wolves then added their fourth goal in the 85th minute when Daniel Colls found himself in a one-on-one situation and he was able to convert for the goal. In the dying minute, Simpson was pressuring the Wolves and junior Tyler Goens forced an own goal off of his cross to make it 4-2.
The Red Hawks will be in action again on Sunday, Sept. 4 against SOKA in Oakland, Calif. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Written by Dan Anderson
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.