MIAMI, Okla. — The National Park College (NPC) Nighthawks men’s and women’s soccer teams fell to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO A&M) on the road Sunday, with the women falling to the Lady Norse, 6-0, and the men dropping a 4-1 decision.
In women’s action, NPC (1-10) began the game with aggressive offense and defensive fronts, attempting two shots in the game’s first six minutes while defending two shots on goal from the Lady Norse. NEO A&M took the lead at the 20-minute mark and added two additional goals over the next six minutes to build a 3-0 first half lead that would hold into the halftime break. In the second half, NEO A&M kept its foot on the gas, adding three goals over the final 45 minutes, while holding the Nighthawks to two shots, to take the regular-season sweep.
NPC freshman goalkeeper Brooklyn Mize (Godley, TX) converted 16 saves in the loss, and continues to lead the NJCAA Region II with 160 saves this season.
In men’s action, NPC (0-8) and NEO A&M engaged in a defensive battle for most of the first half, with each team holding shot attempts at bay. The Golden Norse finally broke the stalemate, taking a 1-0 lead that would hold into halftime. In the second half, NEO A&M took control, knocking in three goals to extend the lead. NPC freshman Yael Sandoval (Kaufman, TX) lit up the scoreboard with a goal in the 64th minute, but the Nighthawks were unable to complete the comeback.
NPC freshmen goalkeepers Paulino Ruiz (Tyler, TX) and Xavier Marquez (El Paso, TX) converted two and three saves, respectively, while Sandoval scored the lone goal in the loss.
The Nighthawk men and women face Eastern Oklahoma State on Sunday, Oct. 10 in Wilburton, OK. The women kick off at 2 p.m. with the men following at 4 p.m.