Israfilov Lifts Cowboys By Belhaven

Israfilov Lifts Cowboys By Belhaven
ABILENE, Texas – Baha Israfilov took on three defenders and found a way to get a shot off that found the back of the next and Hardin-Simmons escaped a physical affair with Belhaven 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at the HSU Soccer Complex.

The Cowboys were playing a man down when Danny Benyamin was hit with a second yellow card in the 40th minute. HSU absorbed blow after blow from an attacking Blazer offense. Michael Vargas had 13 saves in the game.

Belhaven outshot the Cowboys 24-6 overall and 14-5 on target.

HSU got a few good chances in the second half, but Israfilov took a great through ball from Ryan Lutz beat the defenders and scored past Johnnie Williams to give the Cowboys the win.

The game was delayed 1:45 by lightning to begin with then the first half was played in a steady rain. The rain stopped but darkness was quickly approaching and if the game had gone into overtime would have had to be called by darkness.

HSU is now 4-3-1 on the year and Belhaven fell to 5-2-1. The Cowboys play at Howard Payne on Thursday.

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