Four players scored goals and the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team rode a strong first half to a 4-2 victory over Colorado-Colorado Springs on Sunday at the ENMU pitch.
The Hounds (2-1), playing their home opener, got a goal and two assists from sophomore midfielder Ryan McClanahan. They built a 3-0 halftime lead and held on against the Mountain Lions (0-2), who scored twice in the first six minutes of the second half.
Jared Morris scored his third goal of the year to give ENMU the lead in the fifth minute, then less than four minutes later McClanahan assisted freshman defender Dreaux Plair’s first collegiate goal, a shot from about 25 yards out that ricocheted off the left pole and into the net.
Just before halftime, McClanahan took a pass from senior forward Andrew Perez for his third goal of the year to give the Hounds a seemingly comfortable margin.
Colorado Springs regrouped at halftime and quickly got back into the match with goals by Bobby Cinea and Isak Tengesdal. Both teams’ defenses picked up the rest of the way, but the Hounds opened some breathing room at the 62:49 mark when sophomore forward Cesareo Contreras took a corner kick from McClanahan and booted it past goalkeeper Michael Bergren and into the net.
The Hounds now begin a four-game road stretch with their Southwest Soccer Conference opener on Friday at Missouri Southern. The team’s next home match is Sept. 23 against SSC favorite Midwestern State.
ENMU 4, Colo.-Colorado Springs 2
Colo.-Colorado Springs 0 2 — 2
ENMU 3 1 — 4
ENM — Jared Morris (Keith Vargas), 4:17
ENM — Dreaux Plair (Ryan McClanahan), 8:05
ENM — McClanahan (Andrew Perez), 44:42
CCS — Bobby Cinea (Dami Oladiran), 47:29
CCS — Isak Tengesdal (Bryan Stoeber), 50:43
ENM — Cesareo Contreras (McClanahan), 62:49
Shots on goal — Colo.-Colorado Springs 5, Eastern New Mexico 12. Saves — Colo.-Colorado Springs 8 (Michael Bergren 8), Eastern New Mexico 3 (Leif Craddock 3). Corner kicks — Colo.-Colorado Springs 4, Eastern New Mexico 3. Yellow cards — Colo.-Colorado Springs none, Eastern New Mexico 2 (Stephen Alicandro, Ryan Atkinson). Records — Colo.-Colorado Springs 0-2, Eastern New Mexico 2-1. A — n/a.