Men’s soccer tumbles

The Prairie.

The Prairie.

The Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds held off a late rally to defeat the WTAMU Buffaloes 2-1 on Oct. 26 at The Pitch.

“We didn’t play worth a damn. I’m just disappointed in our performance, and our energy in the first half, and our lack of concentration. It’s just a lot of things – poor is all I can say,” Coach Butch Lauffer said.

The Greyhounds struck first with a header from Eishu Kanemitsu and a Cantu Palombo assist at the 33rd minute, before Palombo scored his own goal with a Michael Stewart assist to give Eastern New Mexico a 2-0 advantage going into the half.

In the second half, the Buffs got onto the scoreboard with a senior midfielder Abel Olivas goal, as senior striker Dominic Furness recorded the assist. Olivas earned his third goal of the season while Furness registered his seventh assist of the 2012 campaign. Despite dominating the Greyhounds in the second half in shots and corner kicks, the Buffaloes failed to strike the equalizer and send the game into overtime.

While the game proved to be close, it also brought on some physicality between the two sides. While ENMU was dealt three yellow cards: two to Diego Santos and one to Christopher Marrone, WT’s Olivas was given the match’s only red card on the 55th minute of the game.

The Buffs stumble to an 11-3-2 overall record and 2-3 in the LSC while ENMU earns their first LSC win of the season at 1-2-1 and 10-5-1 overall. WT concludes its season with a road trip to Wichita Falls to battle Midwestern State this Friday.

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About Tyler Anderson

Tyler is currently the Co-editor of The Prairie. Tyler has spent time with The Prairie as a sports reporter, assistant editor and interim editor. He manages the print edition of the paper as well as sports. Tyler is a senior broadcast journalism major. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalism.

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