PARKVILLE, Mo. – Park University trailed for more than 11 minutes early in Saturday's American Midwest Conference men's soccer game against Williams Baptist college, but Pedro De Souza came through with a first-half equalizer and Daniel Jackson gave the Pirates the lead for good, beating WBC 6-2 to improve to 5-4 in the AMC, 6-5-2 overall at Julian Field in Parkville.
Williams (3-8-1, 3-5-1) scored first, off the foot of Matheus Allonso, who jumped a ball thrown out of the box by Park keeper Thalu Masindi. De Souza answered for the Pirates, though, assisted by Nicolas Andre to tie the game at a goal each, and Jackson gave Park the lead off of the hands of WBC keeper Javier Piedra, who came on in the 18th minute and took the keeping loss for the Eagles.
Up 2-1, Mario Erpel added another goal in the 34th, giving Park a 3-1 lead at intermission, and in the second half, Jackson struck again on one of Rodolfo Lopes' two assists, nodding a ball in off of a corner kick to make it 4-1. Andrew De La Torre also scored, in the 75th, and Lopes found Tim Kloster on Senior Day in the 81st for Park's final goal, going up 6-1.
Martin Alguacil scored another goal for WBC, but by that point, the Pirates had built a lead they could protect, sending eight seniors off with a lopsided win in what could be their last game at Julian Field.
"I first want to thank the families and friends of the eight seniors who played their last home game today," said Park coach Efrem Shimlis. "They will be missed in this community and at this University, and in this program. I can't describe in words what they have meant to our program. They're great players, but better all-around people. This game was a good win for our boys and a good outcome after being down early. We played well as a team and these senior stepped up to lead us in what is really an important conference win."
Park is back in action Monday night, in a makeup game at William Woods, at 7 p.m. The game will air on the Pirate Sports Network at www.parkathletics.com, which will also have Dakstats live stats on the men's soccer schedule page.