BROWNWOOD, Texas —Freshman Robert Hensley took advantage of a loose ball in the box in the match’s final 10 minutes and left-footed the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 win by Schreiner Men’s Soccer over Howard Payne on Tuesday.
The match was played in hot and muggy conditions, which didn’t help the Mountaineers (2-2), who were playing their fourth match in a week. Still, it was SU who had the majority of the shots and chances in this contest.
With the scoreboard reading 0-0 entering the second half, HPU had a couple of early chances in the period that were turned away by junior goalkeeper Blake Lawson. With the match looking like it might head to overtime, junior Chase Smith sent in a corner kick toward the Yellow Jackets’ goal. Junior Orlando Sanchez headed the ball into the corner and HPU’s Allan Chehadi stopped it. But the ball wasn’t controlled, which left an opening for Hensley, who completed the sequence with his first collegiate goal.
Sophomore Rene Pena had a strong match, controlling the stingy SU defensive effort and sending in a lot of quality passes behind the HPU defense. Sanchez also had his best match of the year at both ends of the pitch in the win.
“I’m proud of my boys for grinding out a win after having a run where they averaged a match every other day this past week,” Coach Paul Hayes said. “It will be nice to have a few days off to recover, and most importantly, to train. We have several things we need to improve on in the next few days before Saturday’s match at Concordia University in Austin.”
The Mountaineers face their final non-conference foe before starting SCAC play on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Austin with a match against Concordia-Texas.