The No. 15-ranked Cowley College men’s soccer team saw a 16-match regular-season conference unbeaten streak come to an end Saturday with a 3-1 home loss against No. 16-ranked Neosho County at Bulldog Stadium.
Sophomore Hikaru Tanaka put the Tigers (6-1-1, 3-1-1 Jayhawk East) up with a first-half goal that stood for 69 minutes.
The Panthers (9-1, 3-1) scored three goals in a 10-minute span of the second half to rally for the victory.
“It wasn’t our best game and we know it,” Cowley coach Ruy Vaz said. “We were able to keep the lead for three quarters of the game, but Neosho (County) is a good team and they created the better chances. We couldn’t get to the last third of the field and that made the game easier for Neosho.”
Cowley was featured on ESPN as one of the top plays of the day for a play when he Tigers stopped several ricochet shot attempts.
Sophomore Kristian Colaci Horbunov scored a pair of goals for the Panthers, while Elie Lubino assisted on all three.
Cowley goalkeeper Ramiro Diez stopped eight shots.
The Tigers play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Allen (4-4, 1-4).
“Now we take this loss as a learning curve and prepare for a very difficult game against Allen,” Vaz said. “This home game will be key for us to work on our confidence.”