CONWAY, Ark. – The Park University men's soccer team unloaded some frustration on Central Baptist College Saturday afternoon in Conway, Arkansas, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to beat the Mustangs, ending a two-match losing skid on eight unanswered goals to improve to 3-3-2, 2-2 in the American Midwest Conference, beating CBC 8-2.
The Pirates looked to be in trouble for a third-straight game when CBC, now 2-6 (1-3 AMC), scored in the 14th and 17th minutes, but Park answered the Mustangs' second goal 64 seconds later, when Pedro De Souza began a hat-trick afternoon, assisted by Nicolas Andre, to make it 2-1. Tim Kloster registered an equalizer almost five minutes later, unassisted, and Andrew De La Torre gave the Pirates a lead in the 37th, assisted by Rodolfo Lopes.
Park went to intermission up 4-2 on De Souza's second goal, assisted by Mario Erpel, who later scored a second-half goal in the 49th and the game's final goal, in the 83rd minute to put Park on top 8-2. De Souza added another goal in the 48th minute, and Kloster scored for a second time in the 62nd.
In all, Lopes had a pair of assists, while Erpel assisted in addition to his two scores, and Kloster had two goals in the game. On the defensive end, Thalu Masindi and Luis Torres both spent time between the posts, with Masindi picking up the Park win, making two saves in addition to allowing the Mustangs' two early goals, by Thomas Milner and Corey Laisure.
Bryce Deaton earned the loss in goal for CBC, playing nearly 49 minutes before giving way to Michael Perdue. Both CBC keepers had one save, while Masindi played 76-plus minutes for the Pirates, in goal, while Torres tallied just shy of 14 minutes to close the game.
Park returns home Wednesday evening to host Columbia College at 7 p.m., on the Pirate Sports Network at www.parkathletics.com, which will also carry live stats via the Dakstats Webcast service. Columbia has won four times in the American Midwest Conference, overcoming a 1-4 start to improve to 5-4, in first place in the AMC at 4-0.