TYLER, Texas — The No. 2-seeded

Cowley College men’s soccer team

pulled out a hard-fought 1-0 victory

Monday against a Louisiana State

University-Eunice

team that is not an

ordinary No. 11-seed

in the opening

game of the NJCAA

Division I National

Tournament.

Cowley, playing

in Pool B, will face

seventh-seeded Arizona Western

Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

After a scoreless first half,

Cowley kept the pressure on the

Bengals.

Just more than 12 minutes

into the second half,

LSU-Eunice goalkeeper

Diego Montoya made a

pair of diving saves before

Hideto Gondo sent a beautiful

crossing pass that was headed in by

Tensei Sakaue to give the Tigers the

only goal of the game. The goal by

Sakaue was just his second of the

season, but could not have come at

a better time for the Tigers.

Less than two minutes later,

Cowley dodged a bullet when Jose

Escobar had a point-blank shot

saved by goalkeeper Rafael

Furlani. The Tigers (18-0)

continued to control the

game and held on for their

second 1-0 win of the season.

Furlani notched his

eighth shutout of the season against

the Bengals (8-5-2).

“The guys did a good job of pressuring

them the entire game and

made them tired down the stretch,”

Cowley coach Ruy Vaz said.

The victory was the second

national tournament win in the history

of the men’s soccer program.

The 18 wins are a school record

for the Tigers, surpassing the program’s

17-win season in 2018.

LSU-Eunice will face Arizona

Western (18-1) to prior to Cowley’s

matchup with the Matadors on

Wednesday.

“We will use the day off to recover

and will then need to be ready

to get right back at it,” Vaz said.

“Arizona Western plays a similar

style to us, so we will need to be

Gondo prepared for a battle.”

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.