It was a spectacular day for Central Christian College’s soccer teams as they opened their regular seasons here Saturday with a sweep of Presentation College.
It was the first time in nine years that Central had swept its season opener.
The Lady Tigers, who have added depth to their depleted roster of last season, scored a goal in each half for a 2-1 victory.
Krystina Stackhouse got CCC on the board with a goal with 9 minutes left in the first half, with Jaclyn Caranza notching the assist. Central made it 2-0 midway through the second half when Isabel Sierra turned a Nikki Neal pass into a score.
Presentation did score late, but Central goalie Shayna Watkins did not permit another shot to get past her to notch her first win as a Lady Tiger.
Both teams fired off 10 shots.
“We're improving every day,” Central coach Scott Fogarty said. “Today was a good start to the season against an improved Presentation team. They beat us last year and so it was nice to get one back from them. I was very pleased that we were more composed with our finishing."
Central appears to have more offensive punch this season.
"Krystina Stackhouse and Isabel Sierra were both threats going forward and it's nice to see both get goals,” Fogarty said. “Especially considering Presentation was very well organized in defense."
The Lady Tigers head to North Newton on Tuesday to take on Bethel.
• CENTRAL MEN 4, PRESENTATION 0 — The Tigers jumped all over the Saints for three first-half goals and cruised from there.
“I thought the result was fair," CCC head coach Aaron Hoxie said. “We were able to dictate the play for most of the match. We were calm on the ball and made good decisions for the most part."
The Tigers simply were more skilled than the Saints, who had just played Bethany College the day before and appeared somewhat weary.
"I think the speed that we saw during preseason really helped us in tonight's match,” Hoxie said. “Our thought processes were quicker and we were able to elevate our game to another notch. I'm proud of the performance and want to praise the kids for their positive attitudes tonight. Good job all around."
Four different Tigers scored goals — Takahiro Koga, Patricio Laffaye, Gabriel Flores and Joshua Taylor. Flores and Oscar Gudino came up with assists.
Central will try to move to 2-0 on Tuesday when it plays Bethel at North Newton.