Weekend Roadtrip: Harding Men's Soccer plays two in MIAA action

Jackson Savage
Jackson Savage
From Harding University
Harding men's soccer will play the final two games of a four-game road trip as it continues MIAA action Thursday against Southern Nazarene and Saturday against 15th-ranked Fort Hays State.

Harding and Southern Nazarene meet for the first time in men's soccer action at 7 p.m. in Bethany, Okla., while Saturday's game in Hays, Kan., is at 1 p.m.

Harding (2-3-0) is ranked fifth in the NCAA Central Region rankings and is trying to snap a two-game skid. The Bisons fell 4-0 to Lyon College in the first game of the road trip and dropped a 3-1 decision to 21st-ranked Northeastern State on Saturday in Tahlequah, Okla.

Bison junior Jona Amssoms scored Harding's goal against Northeastern State to tie the game 1-1. It was Amssoms first goal of the season and the second of his career. He became the sixth different Harding player to score a goal this season.

Harding will have starting goalkeeper Chase Keeney back in the lineup this weekend. Keeney suffered a concussion late in the Lyon game and did not play against Northeastern State. Keeney will be making his fourth start and has a 1.30 goals against average.

Southern  Nazarene (0-7-0, 0-1-0) is still seeking its first victory. The Crimson Storm has been outscored 26-6 and is coming off a 5-1 home loss to Eastern New Mexico on Monday in Bethany. After suffering shutout losses in three of its first four games, Southern Nazarene has scored goals in its last three contests.

Sophomore Hajime Chumpitaz, a native of Lima, Peru, leads Southern Nazarene with two goals this season.

Fort Hays State (5-1-0, 1-0-0) won its first five games of the season before losing 2-0 at West Texas A&M on Sunday. The Tigers are the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division II Central Region and are led by junior forward Daniel Peralta with five goals.

Harding has never played either of this week's opponents previously.