The Spring Hill College men's soccer team won a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) match in a 5-2 outcome over the Brewton-Parker College Barons at a soggy Library Field on Saturday.
After the teams went to halftime in a scoreless deadlock, SHC broke onto the scoreboard first in the 48th minute when senior Nick Link blasted in a penalty kick following a foul in the goalkeeper's box committed on Badger freshman forward Juan Sicco of Miami, Fla. Junior Tyler Hartlage would make it a 2-0 Spring Hill lead in the 51st minute as he ripped in a straight on shot through a crowd of Baron defenders from 18 yards out.
The Barons (3-5, 0-2 SSAC) would rally to tie the game at 2-2 with a goal across the face of the goal and into the lower left corner by David Preciado in the 56th minute that was followed 10 minutes later by a Preciado penalty kick goal after a handball in the box was whistled on Badger junior Salvador Sanchis.
Spring Hill nevertheless recovered from the two body blows by BPC to score again in the 80th minute when junior Mario Escalante alertly headed in a rebound of his own 18-yard shot that connected with the crossbar but ricocheted right back to him.
Escalante also contributed to the Badgers' fourth goal in the 85th minute when he lifted a perfectly placed corner kick into junior Nick Smith who connected with the header from five yards out. Hartlage would close out the Badger day with a final tally just 59 seconds later when he headed in a goal off a 25-yard entry pass from the right side by senior Patrick Culotta.
Sophomore Badger keeper Jacob Files made three saves against seven shots by BPC while his Baron counterpart James Rumbaugh made seven saves against a barrage of 31 SHC shots. Spring Hill also won the battle of the corners by taking seven opportunities from the angles while allowing the Barons just one attempt.
With the win, Spring Hill evened its record to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in SSAC play. The Badgers will now hit the highways to travel to Central, S.C., on Friday for a match with the Southern Wesleyan University Warriors (3-2-1, 0-1 SSAC) beginning at 6:30 p.m.