Nighthawks Fall On Road

The National Park College (NPC) Nighthawks men’s and women’s soccer teams struggled on the road over the weekend, with the women and men falling to University of Arkansas Rich Mountain (Mena, AR), 6-1 and 3-1, respectively, on Friday, and the women and men falling to Murray State College (Tishomingo, OK), 5-1 and 2-1, respectively, on Sunday.

In women’s action on Friday, the Lady Bucks began with an aggressive offensive front and scoring four goals throughout the first half. Despite the deficit, NPC found opportunities to move deep inside Lady Bucks' territory, attempting multiple shots on goal. Trailing, 4-0, at halftime, freshman Yessenia Vargas (Houston, TX) got NPC on the board in the second half with a goal in the 61st minute, but the Nighthawks were unable to overcome the deficit.

NPC freshman Brooklyn Mize (Godley, TX) converted 10 saves, while Vargas scored the lone goal in the loss.

After University of Arkansas Rich Mountain scored early, in men's action on Friday, NPC fought back, attempting six shots over the first 45 minutes, but were ultimately unable to equalize the game. After a quick goal from the Bucks to start the second half, NPC freshman Adam Cerna (Katy, TX) ended the shutout with a goal in the 58th minute. Despite five additional shot attempts, the Nighthawks were unable to push the equalizer through before surrendering a third goal in the loss.

NPC freshman goalkeeper Xavier Marquez (El Paso, TX) converted five saves, while Cerna scored the lone goal in the loss.

On Saturday, the Nighthawk women fought hard out of the gate, with three shots on goal from Vargas, but were outpaced by Murray State College in the first half, trailing 2-0, after 45 minutes. NPC struggled to find offensive momentum in the second half, surrendering three goals. Vargas ended the shutout late with a goal in the 85th minute in the loss.

Mize converted 10 saves and continues to lead the NJCAA Region II with 110 saves this season. Vargas scored the lone goal in the loss and now has five goals on the year.

The Nighthawk men started with a bang on Sunday, with freshman Yael Sandoval (Kaufman, TX) giving NPC an early lead on a goal in the third minute. From there, the game evolved into a defensive chess match, with each team succeeding in keeping its opponent away. Murray State College found the equalizer late in the period, resulting in a 1-1 tie at the half. In a defensive chess match over the final 45 minutes, the Aggies managed to win the battle, scoring the go-ahead goal to take the win.

Marquez converted two saves, while Sandoval scored the lone goal in the loss.

The Nighthawk women face Seminole State College Thursday in Seminole, OK at 2 p.m. The women and men face Rose State College Sunday in Midwest City, OK with the women kicking off at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 p.m.

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