Red Hawks Lose Conference Opener
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University men’s soccer team was in action in their first conference game of the year against the La Sierra University Eagles on Sept. 16. The Red Hawks played a tightly contested game but fell short, losing 3-2.
The Red Hawks came in with a game plan that almost paid off early in the first half, when Jon Dinius had a shot that he sent over the Eagles’ goal. La Sierra’s Edgar Padilla scored the 40th minute when Raymundo Maldonado sent a ball past the Red Hawk defense. The Eagles led 1-0 at halftime.
The Red Hawks came out strong in the second half, as they continued to pressure the Eagles and sought to tie the game. They were successful 14 minutes into the half. Dinius was set free by some great passing from Mitch Boyle, and Dinius knotted the game up at 1-1. Unfortunately, the Eagles scored two minutes later, when Javier Orduna put the ball in the upper corner of the net to take the lead back for the Eagles. La Sierra added another goal in the 87th minute, when Padilla again found himself in a one-on-one against Red Hawk goalie Mike Jones. The Red Hawks then threw everything they had at the goal in hopes of a late comeback. They were rewarded with an outstanding strike from Jonathan Lowdermilk, who found the back of the net in the 88th minute. There was not enough time in the final two minutes for the Red Hawks to get the tying goal, and the Eagles held on for the 3-2 win.
The Red Hawks hit the field next when they travel to Southern California to take on Marymount University on Friday, Sept. 19.
Story by Dan Anderson
Photo by Katie Lenik: Caleb Ikwuagwu battles with a La Sierra player for the ball
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.