Road rivals: Harding Men's Soccer travels to Ouachita Baptist on Friday
October 5, 2012 at 9:45 AM CDT - Updated June 28 at 8:55 AM
From Harding University
Harding men's soccer plays the first of four consecutive road games Friday with a 3 p.m. kickoff against Ouachita Baptist. The game is also the first of two non-conference games before Harding returns to MIAA play on Oct. 11 at Southwest Baptist.
Harding (4-5-2) is coming off a 1-1 tie with Delta State on Tuesday. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Cleveland, Miss., but Harding got an extra home game due to heavy rains in Mississippi that left Delta State's field unplayable.
Harding trailed early against Delta State but tied the game in the 79th minute on sophomore Shea McGee's third goal of the season. It was Harding's second tie of the season, both of them coming at home on Tuesdays.
The Bisons have scored goals in seven straight games and in 10 of 11 games this season. The only shutout came at Lyon (4-0) on Sept. 12.
Ouachita Baptist (3-6-0) enters Friday's matchup on a three-game losing streak. The Tigers' most recent loss came Sunday in a 5-0 loss to Incarnate Word. Ouachita Baptist has not scored in its last three games, and the Tigers' last goal came in the 70th minute of a 3-1 victory over Texas College, a span of 310 minutes without a goal.
Harding and Ouachita Baptist met earlier this season on Sept. 7 in Searcy. The Bisons won 2-0 on a pair of second half goals from McGee and Christopher Walker. Harding freshman goalkeeper Chase Keeney collected the shutout and had five saves.
The Bisons and Tigers will be meeting for the 15th time with Harding holding a 9-3-2 series lead. The series is tied 3-3-2 in the eight previous matchups in Arkadelphia. The teams tied 1-1 on Ouachita Baptist's home field last season.