(Larkin Hatcher, Harding University)
SEARCY, Ark (Harding) - Harding men's soccer matched its highest goal total ever in a road game Tuesday with a 7-1 victory over Central Baptist in non-conference action.
The victory moved Harding to 6-6-3 overall and give the Bisons a lift going into their final game of the season. Harding takes on nationally-ranked Northeastern State on Friday in Tahlequah, Okla.
Harding last had seven goals in a road game on Sept. 30, 2003, when it defeated Williams Baptist 7-1 in Walnut Ridge, Ark.
Harding sophomore Adam Borsheim had two career goals entering Tuesday's game but recorded the Bisons' first hat-trick since Philip McCormick and Carter Truax both scored three goals against Rust in 2008. Borsheim's scored Harding's final three goals, netting them in the 37th, 58th, and 80th minutes.
Harding junior Jacob Stevens scored Harding's first goal in the sixth minute, his fifth of the season. Ian Park then scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season in the 13th and 19th minutes, respectively. Junior Gehrig Haberstock scored his second goal this season in the 25th minute. Borsheim's first goal gave Harding a 5-0 lead at halftime.
Central Baptist's only goal came from Joe Adkins in the 84th minute.
Last season in Searcy, the two teams tied 1-1, but Tuesday's game was very different. Harding scored five goals in a half for the first time since scoring a school-record 11 goals in the second half vs. Rust in 2008.
It marked only the third time since the program began in 2000 that Harding scored five goals in the first half of a game and the first time ever that the Bisons scored five goals in a half on the road.
Harding scored goals on half of its 14 shots in the game. Central Baptist shot nine times, six on goal, and Harding freshman goalkeeper Seth Peterson made five saves.