ENMU freshman Ryan McClanahan and Embry-Riddle’s Matt Tarbutton go up for control of the ball during Saturday’s match at the ENMU pitch. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle)
By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers
PORTALES — Easy come, easy go.
In a game the host Greyhounds led just minutes in, the Embry-Riddle Eagle soccer team rallied for two second-half goals to earn a tie against the Eastern New Mexico Saturday afternoon at the ENMU soccer field.
It didn’t take long for the Hounds (1-0-1) to take the lead — just over two minutes to be exact.
Sophomore forward Jared Morris took a through pass from midfielder Ryan Atkinson, and Morris finished for the first score of the game.
Morris followed that up with another goal in the 41st minute to put the Hounds up 2-0 at the half.
“We were moving the ball really well in that first half, and playing strong,” Morris said. “My job is to finish, and I was able to do that twice.”
Despite going ahead 2-0 in the first half, ENMU head coach Carlos Elizondo saw missed opportunities.
“We missed several chances in the first half, we could have gone into the half in a better situation,” Elizondo said.
The second half was a much different story.
Down by two goals, Embry-Riddle turned on the attack early, and it paid off. Jason Aspelund took a pass from Andrew Perez, and put it in the back of the net to put the Eagles on the board.
Embry-Riddle got the equalizer late in the second half as Rodrigo Chaves took a free kick off his head, and into the top left corner of the goal.
Tied at 2-2 as regulation ended, the two squads played two 10-minute overtime periods before finishing with a tie.
Morris tried to explain letting a two-goal half-time advantage slip away, “We changed the lineup a bit for the second half, with a two-goal lead, but they just outplayed us.”
“I think a little fatigue hurt us in that second half, we didn’t finish opportunities that were given to us,” Elizondo said.
The Greyhounds host UT-Permian Basin in a 2 p.m. Tuesday tilt.