By Dave Wagner
CNJ sports writer
PORTALES — Kal Herbert’s goal early in the second half of Saturday’s men’s soccer match appeared to accomplish two things.
One, he set an ENMU record by scoring a goal in a fifth consecutive match. And, with Dallas Baptist defender Cameron Gilbert drawing a red card and an ejection for protesting at the end of the play, leaving the Patriots a man down the rest of the way, it appeared the Greyhounds were well in charge.
That didn’t happen, though. DBU’s Brian Robertson tied the score on a penalty kick with just under seven minutes left, and the Hounds needed a goal midway through the first sudden death overtime from freshman midfielder Jose Hernandez to claim a 2-1 win.
Herbert, a senior midfielder from Willaston, England, admitted scoring was on his mind a little more than usual on Saturday after having tied the record two days earlier.
“Today, I was thinking about (scoring),” said Herbert, who also fired off a school-record-tying 10 shots, including five on goal. “But whether you get an assist or a goal, it’s always great for the team.”
In the overtime, getting around a defender and then beating goalkeeper Chuck Schober to the right side of the net.
Senior midfielder Julian Roberts assisted on both of ENMU’s goals.
“We were controlling the middle, but our through balls weren’t (leading to goals,” Herbert said. “Julian had a great ball, and I took a step before I hit it and got it in off the crossbar.”
ENMU coach Harold Munoz said the Hounds (3-3-1) struggled for the most part against the Patriots (1-4-0).
“We didn’t play that well,” he said. “We didn’t do a good job of possessing the ball, but today’s one of those days where you just win ugly.”
Patriots coach Chris Crawford wasn’t happy with the officiating in the contest. DBU also lost assistant coach Austin White to a red card in the second half.
“When the referees don’t let the players decide the game, it’s not good,” he said. “I thought the team played good. We’re super-young — we’re only in our second year and have mostly freshmen and sophomores.
“For us to battle and stay with a competitive program like Eastern, I’m proud of my team.”
Both teams were coming off tough outings on Thursday due to weather. The Patriots got a match started at West Texas A&M that didn’t make it to halftime because of rain and lightning, while ENMU managed a 2-2 tie with Texas A&M International at home after waiting out a 90-minute lightning delay and ended with about six minutes left in regulation due to darkness.
“The game on Thursday just took it out of us,” Herbert said. “To get a win like we did today shows the character of our team.”
ENMU returns to action with a 3 p.m. matchup on Wednesday against Texas-Permian Basin at Odessa.