The Spring Hill College men's soccer team battled to a 3-3 conference home tie with the 5th-ranked Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) Warhawks on Saturday afternoon at Library Field.
Spring Hill drew blood first in the 26th minute when Jose Mario Escalante drove in a diving header from six yards out off an assist by freshman Arturo Garcia of Guayaquil, Ecuador.
AUM answered back in the 42nd minute with a nice chip shot goal from 16 yards out into the upper right corner off the foot of Agust Arnarson with an assist by Vitor Silva to send the game into the intermission knotted at 1-1.
The Warhawks came out of the break hot and took a quick 2-1 lead when Matias Aristegui blasted in a 12-yard shot in the face of the goal following an entry pass assist Christian Holthaus in the 51st minute of play.
Escalante made it a 2-2 contest in the 55th minute after accepting a pass from sophomore Tyler Hartlage of Tampa, Fla. and then finding the net from 15 yards out. The sophomore from Santa Cruz, Bolivia would complete his hat-trick effort with a third goal in the 69th minute to put SHC up 3-2 after cleaning up a loose ball in front of the goal from six yards out.
The Warhawks remained focused, however, and tied the game at 3-3 with just two minutes remaining in regulation time when Alexander Neubarth scored off an assist by Axel Vignisson.
The final two 10-minute overtimes proved fruitless for both teams and the game closed in a 3-3 draw after 110 minutes of playing time.
SHC freshman goalkeeper Jacob Files of Clinton, Miss., made nine saves against 36 AUM shots while Warhawk keeper Vignir Johannesson made seven saves against 18 Badger shots. AUM attempted 10 corner kicks and SHC had four tries from the corners.
AUM (12-2-2, 7-1-1 SSAC) remains atop the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) standings by a ½ game over Southern Wesleyan (12-2-1, 7-2-1 SSAC).
Spring Hill (9-6-1, 4-4-1 SSAC) will next travel to Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday to face the Faulkner University Eagles (4-9-1, 2-6-1 SSAC) in a conference match beginning at 7 p.m. at John Mark Stallings Field.