Tahlequah Daily Press

October 2, 2013

Mendoza’s golden goal gives NSU first MIAA win

From Staff reports

— SEARCY, Ark. — The No. 6-ranked Northeastern State men’s soccer team earned its first win in MIAA action with a 2-1 double overtime thriller over Harding University Tuesday at Stevens Field.

The RiverHawks (4-0-2, 1-0-1 MIAA) improved their all-time record to 12-0 over the Bisons (2-3-2, 1-2-0 MIAA), who dropped their second-straight league contest.

Junior forward Juan Peralta and sophomore forward Joel Mendoza teamed up to steal the ball from a Harding defender in the attacking third with a little more than three minutes remaining in the final overtime. Mendoza chipped the charging keeper to give Northeastern State the victory.

The two squads played to a scoreless draw in the opening 45 minutes, but it was sophomore midfielder Crosby Lee who put the visitors on top in the 53rd minute. Senior midfielder Juan Gonzalez helped on Lee’s first goal of the season.

The game looked to be well in hand until HU earned a free kick from 30 yards out in the 85th minute. Jacob Stevens bended a shot into the upper left-hand corner of the net past NSU freshman goalkeeper Jackson Biles to send the match into overtime.

The two sides had chances to earn the victory, but it would be the visitors who would take advantage of a late error.

Biles (1-0) earned his first-career victory in goal for the RiverHawks after finishing with two saves. Harding goalkeeper Seth Peterson made five saves and took the lost.

NSU will now travel to Fayette, Iowa, for an 11 a.m. meeting with Upper Iowa University on Oct. 6.