Eastern New Mexico University’s men overcame a hat trick by University of the Southwest’s Jorge Orona on Tuesday, hanging on for a 4-3 victory over the Mustangs at the ENMU soccer pitch.
Senior midfielder Kal Herbert, senior forward Eishu Kanemitsu and senior midfielder Andy Wilkinson each had a goal and an assist for the Greyhounds (1-2).
Orona, though, tried to keep USW (1-3) alive, scoring twice in a span of just over three minutes late in the half to wipe out a 2-0 deficit. He added his third goal in the 90th minute off a free kick by teammate Dario Espinal from the right side.
After Wilkinson’s unassisted goal gave the Hounds a 3-2 lead in the 66th minute, freshman midfielder Ryan McManus scored on a header after a rebound off the goal post about six minutes later for some insurance.
ENMU outshot the Mustangs on goal 16-11, with freshman goalkeeper Severin Niessen making eight saves for the Hounds.
ENMU returns to action at 5 p.m. on Friday at Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Central Washington 2, ENMU 1 (women) — In the opener of the doubleheader, Central Washington’s Danielle Brandli scored her second goal of the match near the end of the first sudden-death overtime to give the Wildcats (1-2) their first win of the season.
ENMU (1-2) scored first when senior forward Brook Serrano chipped a shot over CWU goalkeeper Kayla Lipston about midway through the first half. The Zias had a 5-3 advantage in shots, including 4-0 on goal, en route to a 1-0 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats (1-2) got the equalizer about seven minutes into the second half when Brandli took a pass from Savanna Moorehouse at the top of the box and beat ENMU keeper Xan Ortiz to the right side of the net.
Moorehouse also assisted on the other goal, slipping a through pass to Brandli for the winner.
The Wildcats dominated after halftime, outshooting the Zias 16-1 in the second half and overtime.
The Zias are home again this weekend for a 4 p.m. match on Friday against Colorado State-Pueblo and a noon start on Sunday against Colorado School of Mines.