Freedom New Mexico
ODESSA, Texas — Five players scored a goal apiece and freshman goalkeeper Matt Malak had a shutout going until the final five minutes Sunday as Eastern New Mexico University’s men routed Texas-Permian Basin 5-1 in the second half of a men’s-and-women’s soccer doubleheader.
The host Falcons scored in the fifth minute in the women’s contest to claim a 1-0 victory over the Zias.
Junior forward Rodrigo Pontes and freshman forward Abayneh Crosby scored in the first five minutes as ENMU’s men (2-0) took quick control. Junior midfielder Kal Herbert tallied just before halftime for a 3-0 cushion.
Herbert and freshman midfielder Anthony Barden each had a goal and an assist. Malak finished the contest with three saves.
The Greyhounds outshot the Falcons (0-2) 22-10 overall and 11-4 on goal, and also ran up an 11-2 margin in corner kicks.
The Zias (0-2) also controlled much of their match against UTPB (1-1), outshooting the Falcons 12-8 overall and 6-3 in shots on goal and posting a 7-1 edge in corners. Permian Basin, though, got the day’s only goal less than five minutes in when Hannah Dozier, a transfer from ENMU, beat a Zias defender from the left side and booted the ball past freshman goalkeper Kellie Hogan.
ENMU’s men return to action on Tusday, hosting Lubbock Christian in a 4 p.m. matchup. The next outing for the women is on Sunday against Southwestern Oklahoma at 2 p.m., also at the ENMU pitch.