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Fri, Sep. 15, 2017 - [Men's Soccer]

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Mid-America Christian University men's soccer team took the field at home on Friday afternoon in position to tie a program record for most consecutive wins to start a season if they could find a way to defeat the University of Houston-Victoria. MACU looked to be in position to do that late in the match, but after a pair of unfortunate sequences, MACU fell just short of that goal.

UHV (1-0) scored twice on scrambles in the MACU box after dislodging the ball from the MACU goalkeeper's hands, defeating the Evangels (5-1) 2-1 in overtime.

The game was played with a frenetic pace in the midfield in the first half, but neither team generated many chances. Both teams did well to limit the play to the perimeter, and to clear the ball away when it did penetrate the middle sections of the defense. Each team had five shots in the first half, but neither team was able to find the net, and at the break, the match remained scoreless.

MACU finally broke the deadlock in the 61st minute, when Dominik Tajak got free in the box on a corner kick, heading home the service from Giovanni Sosa and giving MACU the 1-0 lead. The goal looked like it might be enough as MACU continued to apply pressure, but the Evangels were unable to put any more shots on goal, and in the 79th minute, Adrian Mendoza collided with MACU goalkeeper Liam Ward. Ward was unable to hold onto the ball, and Mendoza rifled it into the right side netting to level the score at 1-1.

MACU nearly re-took the lead in the 81st minute when Tajak had a shot that was saved by Palemon Plancarte, but that bounced right to the feet of Kacey Owensby in front of the goal. Owensby, however, missed the shot, and the match went to overtime.

In the extra session, Brad Bennions had a chance to end it for MACU off a corner kick, but Plancarte made the save, and moments later, the missed opportunities came back to haunt the Evangels. On a play eerily similar to the play on which UHV tied the game in regulation, Patrick Coto picked up a loose ball after a collision had knocked it out of Ward's hands, and he put home the game winner to give the Jaguars the 2-1 win.

Ward (1-1) took the tough luck loss in goal despite making two saves, and Plancarte (1-0) earned the win for UHV between the pipes with three stops. Tajak has now scored in all six matches in which he has appeared this season for the Evangels. He has eight goals and 17 points on the season.

MACU will wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule on Saturday, September 23. On that afternoon, they will welcome the Sterling College (Kan.) Warriors (0-4) to Oklahoma City. The match is slated for a 3 p.m. kickoff.