ABILENE, Texas — Texas Lutheran scored a goal in the 56th minute to beat Hardin-Simmons 1-0 in the men’s soccer season opener on Monday evening at the HSU Soccer Complex.
The game started about 40 minutes late, as the officials had a flat tire on the way to the game. After it started the game was physical from the outset.
The game featured 28 fouls, five yellow cards and a red card. HSU played the last 30 minutes of the game down a man after freshman Cole Johnson was ejected.
HSU had its best scoring chance in the first half when Laurent Maksoud took a penalty kick after the Cowboys were fouled in the box. Jonathan Michael came up with a big save and the rebound shot was kicked over the bar.
HSU had 13 shots in the game, but just three were on target and Michael saved them all.
HSU outshot TLU 7-0 in the first half, but the Bulldogs had their chances in the second half. The Bulldogs peppered freshman goalkeeper Blake Crum with seven shots on goal and he saved six of them. Lalo Ramirez scored on a nice cross from Gabriel Sosa.
Freshman Michael Vargas worked the first half in net for the Cowboys, but did not see a shot.
HSU is 0-1 on the year and the Bulldogs improved to 2-0. HSU hosts Trinity on Friday at 5 p.m.