HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Spring Hill College men's soccer team ended up on the short end of a 5-2 conference decision at the William Carey University Crusaders on Wednesday night.
The Crusaders (6-3-1, 3-1 SSAC) and the Badgers opened the match with fireworks when SHC freshman Arturo Garcia from Guayaquil, Ecuador, scored from 11 yards out in the 5th minute only to be followed 12 seconds later by a Carey goal off the foot of Danny Eborall from the similar position on the other end of the pitch off an assist by Jean Emanuel-Ahouman.
Cary's Tyler Szura accepted an assist by Luis Trude for a 10-yard score to make it a 2-1 contest in the 17th minute and Eborall stretched it to a 3-1 Carey lead two minutes before the half with a shot from just inside the 18-yard box.
Badger sophomore forward Jose Mario Escalante of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, made it a 3-2 game just eight minutes in the 2nd period with a mark from the right side and 12 yards from the goal following an entry pass from junior Nick Link of Elizabethtown, Ky.
The Crusaders would rebuild a two-goal advantage in the 67th minute when Charles Chimer connected from 11 yards out via an assist by Trude. Trude also added an unassisted 5th goal from 5 yards out for WCU in the 72nd minute as insurance.
Freshman Badger goalkeeper Jacob Files (4-5), of Clinton, Miss., stopped six saves versus 24 Carey shots in the loss.
Carey keeper Dominic Colman (5-2) also completed six saves against 21 shots by SHC.
Spring Hill (7-5, 2-3 SSAC) will host 4th-ranked conference rival Belhaven University (11-0, 4-0 SSAC) at Library Field on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.