BATESVILLE, Ark. (LyonScots.com) – The Lyon College men's soccer team came out aggressive against NCAA Division II Harding University, scoring a goal in the first 23 seconds and two more before the 14-minute mark, as they went on to blank the Bisons, 4-0, Wednesday afternoon at J. Marshall Huser Field.
The Scots (2-1-1), who are unbeaten in their last three matches, also played well defensively against Harding, allowing the Bisons (2-2) only two shots on goal all afternoon, as Lyon outshot HU 13-6 and posted an 8-2 advantage on shots on goal.
"(Harding) came out extremely flat and we took advantage of it by scoring three times in the first 13 minutes of the game," said Lyon College head coach Michael Brookshire. "I think we're continuing to play better each game. But, as a coach, you always want more. So, I think while it's another step forward, but we still have more steps to take."
Lyon put strong pressure on the ball from the opening whistle and the Scots quickly turned that play into a goal when Andres Contreras found Edin Campara on a crossing pass and Campara scored the first of two goals on the day, from 16 yards out. It was the fastest goal ever scored against Harding.
The Scots later added two more goals in a span of 2:21. The first came on an own-goal by the Bisons when Campara slammed a hard crossing pass that clipped one of the Harding defenders. And when the Bisons' keeper tried to control the ball it went into the goal at the 11:18 mark.
Short afterwards, Andy Walker and Jack Hayes assisted on a pair of passes that moved the ball to Campara, who sliced a shot into the back of the net for a 3-0 Lyon College lead with 31:21 still left in the first half.
The scoring then slowed as the Scots only outscored the Bisons 6-4 at the half. But Lyon made the most of it's opportunities, holding on to a three-goal lead at the break.
"I told the guys at the half to come out and keep the ‘foot on the gas,'" Brookshire stated when asked what he told his squad at intermission. "The last thing you want to do is let a team back in the game in the second half. If they get a goal they get excited and it could change the complexion of the game. Plus we definitely wanted a shutout."
The Scots added one additional insurance goal in the final 45 minutes when Campara passed the ball to Lance Alpuerto, who slammed a shot in the goal with 7:19 remaining.
Ashley Peyton-Bruhl, who was named the American Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, picked up the win, stopping both shots he faced. He worked 70:39, before giving way to Anthony Wakeford, who played for the first time this season. Wakeford did now allow a goal in the final 19:21, as the two combined for the shutout.
Chase Keeney surrendered three goals for Harding University, as he stopped two other scoring opportunities. Curtis Hunt played the final7:32, allowing a goal.
Campara led the Scots with five shots, converting both shots on-goal. Alpuerto produced four shots and Raoul Noumbissi had two shot attempts off the bench.
Lyon College, which is 2-0 against NCAA D-II colleges this season, will try to continue its roll on Saturday when the Scots host NAIA Texas College at 3 p.m. The game will be part of the Lyon College Parents' Weekend festivities on the campus. It will follow a Lyon women's game against TC at 12-noon.