Back at it: Harding Men's Soccer hosts Ouachita Baptist on Friday

From Harding University

Harding men's soccer will look to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to John Brown in its home opener Friday as it hosts Ouachita Baptist in a non-conference matchup at 5 p.m. at the Harding Soccer Field.

Harding (1-1-0) gave up two first half goals to John Brown before sophomore forward Ian Park pulled one goal back for the Bisons in the second half. Harding had a 10-2 shot advantage in the second half of the game but could not find the equalizer.

The Bison offense has created opportunities for itself in the first two games of the season. Harding has 34 shot attempts and is tied for the conference lead among MIAA schools with 17.0 shots per game. The Bisons also lead the conference with 7.0 corner kicks per game.

Harding and Ouachita Baptist have met 13 times and have been in the same conference until this season. Harding joined the MIAA during the summer, but Ouachita Baptist opted to play as an independent.

The Tigers enter the game with a 1-2-0 record after falling 3-2 to Lyon College in overtime Tuesday in Arkadelphia. Ouachita Baptist is coached by Kevin Wright, who is in his first year with the Tigers.

Harding holds an 8-3-2 series lead against Ouachita Baptist and has won five of the six meetings in Searcy.

The teams played to a 1-1 draw last season in Arkadelphia. The tie was just good enough to get the Bisons into the Gulf South Conference Tournament.

Current Bisons Josh Ireland, Victor Moya, Ian Park and Ryan Wilhelm all have scored a goal against Ouachita Baptist in their careers.