Harding Men's Soccer falls 5-1 at Ouachita Baptist

Ryan Wilhelm
Ryan Wilhelm

From Harding University

Ouachita Baptist senior midfielder Payam Pourjavad scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Tigers to a 5-1 victory over Harding on Friday in non-conference men's soccer action.

Harding (4-6-2) trailed 2-0 at halftime after Pourjavad scored in the 28th and 38th minutes. The Bisons pulled a goal back in the 64th minute on a goal by junior midfielder Ryan Wilhelm, his third of the season and eighth of his career.

Harding's momentum was short-lived. Ouachita Baptist (6-6-0) scored just over a minute later on a goal by senior Rizvan Ceka on a feed from Pourjavad.

The Tigers added goals by Bry Goss and Clayton Case in the game's final 10 minutes.

Ouachita Baptist's victory evened the season series. Harding won the first matchup 2-0 in Searcy on Sep. 7.

Both teams had 11 shots Friday, and Harding had seven shots on goal to Ouachita Baptist's six. Tiger sophomore goalkeeper David Henley made five saves.

Harding will play its third straight former Gulf South Conference opponent Christian Brothers on Sunday at 5 p.m. It will be the second of four consecutive road games for the Bisons.