Bison blanking: Harding Men's Soccer downs Ouachita Baptist, 2-0

From Harding University

Harding continued its success in the second half this season with a pair of goals after halftime that sent the Bisons to a 2-0 victory over Ouachita Baptist on Friday at the Harding Soccer Field.

Sophomore Shea McGee scored his first goal of the season just over a minute into the second half, and freshman Christopher Walker added the second in the 64th minute for the Bisons.

Harding improved to 2-1 on the season, the Bisons' best record through three games since starting 2-1 in 2001. All five of Harding's goals this season have come in the second half.

"I told the team that I'm glad we are scoring goals, but that we've got to start producing something in the first half," Harding head coach Odie Guzman said. "We had plenty of opportunities."

Senior Victor Moya sent in a cross that McGee headed past Ouachita Baptist goalkeeper David Henley in the 47th minute.

Walker took a feed from freshman Josiah Ireland and scored on a blast from 30 yards out.

"Our game plan was to test the goalkeeper, and that's exactly what Christopher did," Guzman said. "He hit it into the upper right corner, and the goalkeeper had no chance."

Harding freshman goalkeeper Chase Keeney made five saves in recording his first career shutout and the Bisons' first since blanking Delta State 1-0 in overtime last season on Oct. 21.

Harding improved to 9-3-2 all-time against Ouachita Baptist, winning for the sixth time in seven games in Searcy.

The Bisons will play their next four games on the road, beginning with a matchup Wednesday at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark. Harding then plays its first-ever MIAA conference game next Saturday against Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla.