Ashford men overcome deficit
CLINTON – Ashford’s men’s soccer team did something on Saturday that they haven’t accomplished since the 2010 season: Overcoming a halftime deficit to take down Graceland University.
The No. 8-ranked Saints scored a pair of goals following the halftime break to record a 3-2 victory over the visiting Yellowjackets.
Javier Ramirez (Hildalgo, Mex.) headed in the game-winning marker in the 74th minute of action to lift AU to the win. For Ramirez, it marked his fourth goal of the 2013 campaign, assisted by Luiz Mota.
Ashford wasted little time lighting the scoreboard in the contest as senior Lucas Almeida scored in the second minute of play giving his squad a 1-0 lead. Almeida’s sixth goal of the year was assisted by Tim Krautheim and midfielder Simon Brown.
The Yellowjackets responded just over a minute later when GU’s Sebastian Pineda connected on a goal to pull the visitors back even.
In the 20th minute of play, Graceland scored again as Andy Quintanilla put a ball past AU goalkeeper Patrick Kinsella to give the upset-minded Yellowjackets a 2-1 lead.
The Saints turned up the intensity in the second half. Ashford outshot Graceland 10-2 in the second frame and turned in the equalizer in the 62nd minute when Daniel Dreier tallied his team-leading eighth goal, with Almeida on the assist.
Ramirez netted the game-winner just 13 minutes later to push Ashford to 6-2 overall this season.
The Saints outshot GU, 14-8, and earned 12 corner kicks to just two for the visitors.
Saturday’s victory marked the first come-from-behind victory for the Saints since AU downed Cardinal Stritch on Sept. 14, 2010.
Ashford returns to the pitch on Tuesday when the team travels to Marshall, Mo. to lock horns with the Vikings of Missouri Valley College. First kick is slated for 7 p.m.