|Harding University (0-1-1)||1||0||0||0||1|
|Williams Baptist College (1-1-1)||0||1||0||0||1|
|Walnut Ridge, Ark.,|
|1||41:12||J Diaz (Harding University)|
|2||81:21||Danilo Cruz (Williams Baptist College)|
|Harding University||Indv. Leaders||Williams Baptist College|
|#4 J Diaz - 1||Goals||#10 Danilo Cruz - 1|
|#23 B Grundy - 1||Assists||#9 Henrique Torres - 1|
|#23 B Grundy - 6||Shots||2 Players (#10,#25) - 3|
|#1 M Wasson - 5||Saves||#33 Jose Reyes - 5|
|Harding University||Team Statistics||Williams Baptist College|
|25 (8)||Shots (on goal)||10 (7)|
Date: September 5, 2017
Score: Williams Baptist College 1 vs. Harding University 1
Records: WBC (1-1-1) vs. HU (0-1-1)
Location: Walnut Ridge, Ark. - Walnut Ridge, Ark.
The Williams Baptist College men's soccer team entered the final ten minutes of a contest against NCAA Division II school Harding University trailing 1-0. In crunch time, a combination of freshman Henrique Torres (FR/Brasilia, Brazil) and senior Danilo Cruz (SR/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) gave the Eagles the equalizing goal to force a tie.
The play was set up when Luis Vojnovic (JR/Vitoria, ES, Brazil) found Torres out on the wing, Torres took two quick touches and fired a shot. Harding's goalkeeper made a diving stop, but was unable to control the rebound, which found Cruz at the far post for the tap in, tying the game.
Williams had the best chance to win the game in double overtime. Torres once again found space on the left wing, but his shot rattled the crossbar and the two teams had to settle for the draw.
Harding's goal came in the first half on a half volley by Jason Diaz after a cross by Braeden Grundy.
The tie brings the record in the last three meetings between the two schools at one win each, one loss each, and one tie each.
"It was good to see us fight really hard. It is never easy to play back-to-back days. We had a good performance, and we will keep marching on. We are going the right direction," said Head Coach Gabriel Sitibaldi.
The Bison finished the game with 25 shots, with eight on target, while the Eagles finished with 10 shots, but were more efficient with seven on target.
Harding had 14 corner kicks, while WBC finished with six.
It was a physical game as the teams totaled 31 fouls, 18 for HU and 13 for WBC.
Jose Reyes (SO/Poplar Bluff, Mo.) played the full 110 minutes in goal, making five saves.
Danilo Cruz scored his fourth goal of the season. He is now leading the American Midwest Conference in goals.