CLEVELAND, Miss. (HU) – It was a long time coming, but Harding senior Glen Stewart ended nearly two years of frustration on the road for Bison soccer team with his game-winning goal at Delta State on Sunday.
Before Sunday, Harding (1-5, 1-1) last won away from Searcy on Oct. 12, 2008, a span of 18 games that dates back to a 4-0 victory at Alabama-Huntsville.
The victory also evened the Bisons' Gulf South Conference record. Harding will need at least one more win in its final three conference games to give itself a chance to make the GSC Tournament.
In the game's 41st minute, Harding sophomore Jackson Savage sent a cross to Stewart, whose shot caromed off Delta State goalkeeper Flavio Romero. Harding freshman Cameron Rose corralled the loose ball and fed Stewart again.
Stewart hammered home his second goal of the season and possibly the most important goal for the Bisons in quite a while.
Harding was coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss at Alabama-Huntsville on Friday in its GSC opener.
After Stewart's goal, Harding's defense continued its recent strong play. The Bisons limited the Statesmen (2-7, 0-2) to only 13 shots and just six on-goal.
Harding senior goalkeeper Will Reno was equal to the task, making saves on all six shots for his first career shutout. Five of the six saves came after Harding had its 1-0 lead.
The Bisons had 19 shots, five on-goal.
Harding nearly went ahead 2-0 in the 63rd minute, but Gabe Alexander's header hit the post and was cleared by the Delta State defense.
The Bisons benefited from the woodwork just two minutes later, when Delta State's Patrick McPherson hit the post with his shot.
After playing its last five games on the road, Harding returns to Searcy for four of its next five games. That stretch begins next Sunday with a GSC game against preseason conference favorite West Florida.