Allowing two goals in each half, the Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen soccer team suffered a 4-2 loss Sunday afternoon to the Conquistadors of Dodge City (Kan.) Community College on the NEO pitch.
"Despite the fact that we had rain overnight, the field was in real good condition," NEO head coach John Parrigon said. "We're just at a point right now where we're looking for some players to step up and score."
Dodge City grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first five minutes in the first half as sophomore middle hitter Alan Rojas took a pass from veteran forward Larry Martinez and hit the back of the net.
The Golden Norse responded with a penalty kick by sophomore mid-hitter Cole Beckham, from Carthage, Mo., to create a 1-1 tie at 21:34 of the first half.
Just before the break, Conquistador forward Manny Mondestin hit a long shot to give Dodge City a 2-1 lead at intermission.
Rojas scored in the first three minutes of the second half as Dodge City built a 3-1 margin.
"We kind of relaxed after they jumped up 3-1," Parrigon said. "Our defense was pretty solid the final 12 minutes, but we just couldn't create a scoring situation."
Freshman defender Renan Ferreira, from Brazil, took an assist from Beckham and scored with 12 minutes left to rally the Norsemen to a 3-2 deficit.
A goal by Conquistador midfielder Connor McDermott with less than four minutes left in the match sealed NEO's fate.
The Golden Norse travel to Coffeyville, Kan., Thursday, for a 7 p.m. match with the Coffeyville Red Ravens.