Breaking a close match open in the second half, Northeastern A&M's Golden Norsemen gained a 6-1 victory Wednesday afternoon over the Ozark Christian College Ambassadors on the NEO pitch.
“We played a little slow in the first half,” Golden Norse head coach John Parrigon said. “We lost the shape of our offense in the first 40 minutes and weren't playing together as a unit.
Goals by forwards Josh Maloney and Caleb Dye allowed the Norsemen to carry a 2-1 lead to the locker room at halftime.
Maloney, of Ozark, Mo., turned in a hat trick with two goals during the second half as the Golden Norse pulled away.
“During halftime, the players just looked at each other and knew what they had to do,” Parrigon said. “Once they started working with each other at the start of the second half, they became much more aggressive and played with a purpose.”
The Golden Norse continue a three-match homestand on Saturday with a 4 p.m. rematch against 15th-ranked Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa.
The Mavericks defeated the Norse 7-0 on Sept. 27 at Tonkawa. NOC is 10-3-2 on the season while the Norsemen are 5-7-2 on the year.