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Wed, Aug. 30, 2017 - [Men's Soccer]

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Mid-America Christian University men's soccer team had gone 27 straight matches without holding an opponent off the scoresheet entering their 2017 season opener on Wednesday afternoon. Thanks to a dominant performance against the Harris-Stowe State University Hornets, that stat is now a thing of the past.

MACU (1-0) scored four times in the second half, including three goals in just over 11 minutes as the match wound down, to take a dominant 5-0 win over Harris-Stowe (1-2) at Evangel Field on Opening Day. The clean sheet was their first since a 5-0 blanking of McPherson College (Kan.) at Evangel Field on September 19, 2015.

The first statistical action of the match was a beneficial bounce for MACU. The Evangels mounted an early charge, and a pass from Oliver May which was intended for Dominik Tajak deflected off a Harris-Stowe defender for an Own Goal, and MACU found itself up 1-0 less than three minutes into the contest. In the 11th minute, the Evangels appeared to go up 2-0 as May slotted home a PK in the lower right hand corner of the net, but the referee ruled that the shot had been taken before his whistle, nullifying the goal, and on the ensuing retry, May was stopped by Brandon Lightfoot and the score remained 1-0. May again appeared to score in the 32nd minute when he rocketed a shot past Lightfoot, but this time it was an offside flag which negated the tally, and at intermission, MACU held the 1-0 lead.

Just after halftime, the Evangels picked up another quick goal, when Mikey Ortega centered a pass from deep along the end line on the right wing side to Kacey Owensby who volleyed it home past relief goalkeeper John Jancewicz to put MACU up 2-0. The score held there until the 76th minute when Andres Ochoa got possession of the ball in a mad scramble in front of the Hornets' goal. He rang his initial shot off the left post, but he was all alone on the doorstep, collected his own rebound and slotted it home for MACU's third goal of the match. Martin Mata picked up the first of his two assists on the day in the 86th minute when he found Sergio Ribeiro for the goal, and just over a minute later Dominik Tajak took a pass from Mata and buried it to cap the scoring. When the final whistle sounded, MACU had triumphed, 5-0.

Jakob O'Meara-Gill (1-0) earned the win and the clean sheet in goal for MACU, playing 90 minutes and making one save on four shots faced. Lightfoot (1-2) was saddled with the loss for HSSU, despite allowing only one goal on seven shots against.

The Evangels will open the road portion of their 2017 slate on Saturday when they head north to Winfield, Kansas to take on the Moundbuilders of Southwestern College (0-1) at 1:30 p.m.