ODESSA, Texas — Without a win since entering the NCAA Division II rankings two weeks ago for the first time in school history, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team was getting hungry.
Sophomore defender Michael Stewart scored his first goal of the season with 8:56 left, heading a corner kick from sophomore forward Kal Herbert past Texas-Permian Basin goalkeeper Chris Benavides to give the 23rd-ranked Greyhounds a 2-1 victory on Sunday.
The match was tougher than perhaps expected, considering the Falcons fell to 1-10 with the loss. ENMU (8-3-1) was coming off a rough stretch in which it went 0-2-1, including a tie against then-No. 8 Incarnate Word and a 4-0 loss on Friday at third-ranked Midwestern State in Lone Star Conference play.
Sophomore midfielder Diego Santos gave the Hounds an early lead, booting a deflection into the lower right corner of the net midway through the first half for his second goal this season. UTPB tied it on Tyler Gibson’s goal with just under 15 minutes left in the period.
ENMU hosts a 2 p.m. non-conference match on Friday against Texas A&M International.
Zias fall to Wildcats — Andrea Carpenter’s hat trick lifted Abilene Christian to a 3-1 win over ENMU in an LSC women’s matchup on Sunday at Abilene, Texas.
Carpenter scored in the 14th minute, and extended the lead for the Wildcats (9-2, 4-1 LSC) with two goals midway through the second half, giving her 12 for the year.
Senior defender Justine Tidings got the Zias (3-9, 0-5) on the board, scoring her third goal of the season with just under nine minutes to play.
The win for ACU, which began its program in 2007, evened the all-time series between the teams 2-2. Neither has won on the other team’s turf.