MIAMI — Taking charge of the game early, the NEO men’s soccer team rode the momentum of two Draye Richey goals to gain a 5-1 win over Eastern Oklahoma State College Wednesday, Sept. 12.
The NEO women helped complete an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference sweep by picking up a 2-0 victory in the opener at Red Robertson Field.
Richey’s first goal came just 3 minutes into the game off a cross from Victor Arias. Seven minutes later, Richey would find the net again, this time off a ball played in by Pedro Da Silva.
Just 15 minutes into the match Jack Holmes collected a long corner kick and found Victor Arias waiting in the box. On one touch, Arias put the ball away to put the Norsemen up 3-0.
EOC answered with a goal of its own with 25 minutes remaining in the first half.
NEO didn’t waste any time adding to its lead as Cameron Eaves converted the first shot of the second half to put NEO up 4-1 with 44 minutes remaining in the match.
Ten minutes later, freshman Caden Stumpff got his first goal as a Norseman to make the score 5-1 NEO.
That score would hold for the remaining 34 minutes.
The win is the first for the Norsemen in OCAC play (1-2) with five games remaining.
Women: NEO 2, Eastern 0
After battling to a scoreless draw in the first half, the Lady Norse connected twice in just over 21 minutes to get the win.
Sosa Garcia broke the scoreless draw by scoring at 25.47 of the second. Payton Thompson assisted.
Cassidy Rumsey created what would be the final score with 4:32 second thanks to an assist by Molly Knox.
“We’ve been working on some things in practice that we put to the test today,” Lady Norse coach Lisa Bell said. “For the most part, it was successful. We finally put some shots away in the second half.”
The Lady Norse had eight shots on goal in the game, four in each half.
“We played well on both sides of the ball,” Lady Norse coach Lisa Bell said. “I’m very pleased with our play overall.”
The Golden Norse will play again at home on Sunday Sept. 16, hosting St. Charles Community College.
NEO’s women travel to Ada on Sunday to face Seminole State College.