Hounds play Northeastern to standoff

CNJ staff

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team got close to another Southwest Soccer Conference upset on Friday. This time, though, the Greyhounds salvaged a draw.

Trailing 2-0, Northeastern State rallied for two goals in the final 12 minutes of regulation and the teams then played through two 10-minute overtimes before ending in a 2-2 deadlock.

Sophomore forward Jared Morris put the Hounds (4-9-2, 1-4-1) ahead with the game’s first goal in the 60th minute. It was his team-leading sixth tally of the season.

Freshman midfielder Ryan McClanahan then made it 2-0, scoring off an assist from Marco Inzunza less than seven minutes later. But the Redmen (8-3-4, 3-0-2) pulled close when Clark Bradford scored on a penalty kick at 78:06.

Bradford then assisted on the tying goal, by Moses Emujakporue with just over 1 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

On Sept. 20, the Hounds built a 2-0 lead well into the second half at West Texas A&M, but the Buffaloes got a tying goal with 12 seconds left in regulation and went on to win in overtime 3-2.

The two goals by ENMU were the only two shots on goal for the Hounds in the match. They played the Redmen tough in the first contest, losing 2-1 at Portales on Sept. 15.

The Hounds, still fourth in the five-team league, will try to all but secure a berth in the league’s postseason tournament when they play last-place Missouri Southern at 2 p.m. (MDT) on Sunday.