The McMurry men’s soccer team started off its post-season run on a high note, defeating Dallas Baptist University, 2-0, in the first round of the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region Tournament on Thursday.
It was the third time this season that McM had defeated Dallas Baptist.
In a contest that saw 39 total fouls and six cards (five yellows and one red) the War Hawks (8-11) jumped out to a quick lead in the first ten minutes. Jordan Miller connected with Cody Gentry, who beat the goalkeeper in the top right corner of the net from 25-yards out to take the 1-0 advantage at the 10:15 mark. The teams would go into the half with the War Hawks leading by that same score.
With DBU down a man because of a red card, the Patriots could not break past the War Hawks defense in the second half of play. McMurry’s “D” allowed no shots on goal in the second frame. With just six minutes remaining in the game, the War Hawks added some insurance, as Ryan Prince let a shot fly from 35-yards out that beat the Patriots’ keeper in the top-left corner to expand the lead to 2-0, which would be the final.
Offensively, Gentry, Prince and Miller all notched two points apiece. With Miller’s two assists on the day, he has now had the more assists (6) than the entire team registered last season (5) and has had the most since Nathan Perschke accumulated three in 2008.
The War Hawks will be back in action on Friday when they take on host, and #1 seed, Mid-America Christian in the regional semi-final. The contest is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Information for this story provided by McMurry Sports Information.