Late loss: Harding Men's Soccer falls 4-3 to Southern Nazarene

From Harding University

Harding men's soccer came from a goal behind twice but surrendered a late goal on a free kick to fall 4-3 to Southern Nazarene on Thursday in MIAA play at the Harding Soccer Field.

The loss eliminates Harding (4-9-3, 2-5-1) from postseason tournament contention and left the Bisons winless in their last eight games. Southern Nazarene (2-14-0, 2-6-0) won for the second time this season and snapped a five-game losing streak.

With the score tied a 3-3, Harding committed a foul just outside of the 18-yard box. Southern Nazarene's leading scorer, sophomore midfielder Hajime Chumpitaz, made the Bisons pay by curling the ensuing free kick inside the left post for the game-winner in the 86th minute. Chumpitaz also had two assists.

Harding knotted the score at three on senior Victor Moya's goal in the 79th minute. He received a through ball from sophomore Ian Park, cut inside the 18-yard box on the right side, and beat Southern Nazarene goalkeeper Blake Anderson to the far post. It was Moya's second goal this season.

Harding trailed 2-1 at halftime, but sophomore Cole Walker netted his first goal of the season on a feed from senior Jackson Savage in the 64th minute. Southern Nazarene retook the lead in the76th minute on a Daniel Hernandez goal off a Chumpitaz free kick.

The Bisons' first goal came from junior Ryan Wilhelm in the 11th minute on assist from Savage. It was Wilhelm's team-leading fifth goal and his fourth in the last seven games. It was Savage's third career multi-assist game and his first since assisting on three goals in Harding's 6-0 victory last season against Williams Baptist.

Southern Nazarene then scored the next two goals. The first came from Victor Oliveria on an assist from Chumpitaz in the 22nd minute, and the second from Aziz Tapsoba on a pass from Oliveira.

Harding had 15 shots in the game, with six coming from senior Josh Ireland. Southern Nazarene shot 12 times, with Tapsoba recording five attempts.

The Bisons have two remaining games, both at home and both against teams that have already qualified for the MIAA Tournament. Harding hosts Fort Hays State on Saturday at 6 p.m., and Northeastern State next Thursday at 7 p.m. in the season finale.