Spring Hill College men's soccer opened the 2008 season with a 1-1 tie against Texas College on Library Field on Thursday evening. In a game that saw both squads show early season rust, neither team could find ways to finish several scoring opportunities. The visiting Steers finally broke the scoring drought with a goal by Edgar Monroy 16 minutes into the second period.
Spring Hill's All-GCAC midfielder Sean Simpson of Ballwin, Mo., answered the challenge with the tying goal just six minutes later. Neither team could find pay dirt in the two sudden death overtimes.
The Steers (0-0-1) out-shot the Badgers 11 to five, but Spring Hill displayed its new style of physical play which is a departure from last season's style that featured more finesse. The Badgers recorded 13 fouls to the Steers' seven, but many of the Spring Hill fouls resulted from a steadfast refusal to give up position on defense.
Murphy High's William Gafford, recorded eight saves in his first collegiate start in goal as a true freshman. The Badgers (0-0-1) now travel to Memphis, Tenn., on August 29 to play Crichton College.