University of Incarnate Word (UIW)’s men continued their Western Athletic Conference struggles on Sunday night as they fell to Houston Baptist University (HBU). A strong offensive performance did everything but find the back of the net, which allowed the Huskies the 2-0 win.
UIW actually started the match well, but Chance Pope in the HBU goal and the rest of the Huskies defense was proving strong, keeping the Cardinals out. There was two consecutive blocked shots in the 14th minute that did just enough to keep UIW out.
Those blocked shots proved crucial as the Huskies were able to open the scoring less than one minute later. Kenneth Shonaike was able to find Darrell Johnson on the right, which allowed Johnson to set up Malik Key who dribbled in and shot across the face of goal, in to the back of the net.
Now a goal down the Cardinals kept up their attack looking to pull a goal back, and they were peppering the Huskies goal with shots. Ben Conway was looking the main outlet for UIW as he hit three shots in just two minutes but Pope was up to the task, saving every shot.
The Cardinals continued to attack throughout the final stages of the first half as they had all of the possession and the territorial advantage. Despite that they could not finish the chances that presented themselves, having 17 shots to three but went to the break 1-0 down.
HBU saw more of the ball to open the second half and as a result they were able to double their lead in the 54th minute. Johnson was able to run up the left and set up Dequan Thomas who crossed the ball in for Marc Anthone who buried the shot with a powerful low shot.
Down two goals, the Cardinals were forced to respond but they just could not lift enough to really threaten. HBU were able to easily close out the match, cruising to the 2-0 win despite UIW’s threats in the first half