BATESVILLE, Ark. – The Lyon men's soccer team built a 3-0 lead before Harris-Stowe State University scored two straight goals to try and mount a comeback. In the end, the Scots held on for the 3-2 victory and stalled a possible comeback from the Hornets.
Ignacio Zuniga scored two goals for the Scots, while Ali Fawaz added the third.
Lyon is now 7-6-1 overall and 5-3 in the American Midwest Conference. Harris-Stowe falls to 3-10 overall and 3-6 in the AMC. The Scots now hold sole possession of fourth place in the conference, while Harris-Stowe is in the ninth spot.
- Zuniga and Fawaz combined for the Scots three goals. Zuniga has now scored four goals on the year, while Fawaz added his first.
- Lyon goalkeeper Gianni Santin had three saves in the match, while Hornets goalkeeper Bryndan Lightfoot had six.
- Lyon outshot Harris-Stowe 16-12 in the match.
- Ulises Caba Cordova led the Scots with five shots in the match.
- Lyon had 10 shots on goal, while Harris-Stowe had six.
It took a while for either team to get on the board, but Lyon struck first with a goal in the 41st minute from Zuniga. Mario Alonso earned the assist after he took a free kick and sent the ball into the box, where Zuniga was able to trickle the ball into the net.
Fawaz added his first goal of the season in the 58th minute off an assist from Cordova, before Zuniga scored again in the 64th minute after receiving a pass from Alonso. Zuniga found some open space as Alonso crossed it in from the left side where Zuniga was able to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper and score.
With a comfortable 3-0 lead it looked as if Lyon would cruise to victory. The Hornets however, did not give up as they would score two goals in a three minute span. Lawrence Prograis scored from the right side sending the ball in the upper left corner of the goal. Richard Kraka then scored another high goal before getting slide tackled.
The Scots then buckled down on defense and were able to hold off a comeback from the Hornets.