NORTH NEWTON — Central Christian College’s women’s soccer team is off to a 2-0 start after a 2-1 victory over KCAC member Bethel on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers scored a goal in each half and led 2-0 before Bethel broke through in the closing moments to avoid the shutout.
Marianna Mercer got Central on the board with an unassisted goal. The second goal was achieved by Jaclyn Caranza, with an assist to Isabel Sierra.
“Things are obviously going your way when you win despite playing poorly,” CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. "As a team we lacked our usual energy that we've shown a couple times this season and we really never found our touch. Fortunately, Marianna was able to create her goal out of nothing to give us the lead and then Jaci had a nice finish in the second half to give us the two-goal cushion. And we needed it. For the second game running we've given up a late goal to make things harder on ourselves. We're young, but we need to learn to stay focused for the full 90 minutes if we hope to go far this season."
Shayna Watkins picked up the win in goal.
CCC hosts Southwestern at 4:30 p.m. Saturday as it attempts to move to 3-0.
• BETHEL MEN 2, CENTRAL 0 — The Threshers notched a goal in each half and won the game despite the fact the Tigers actually had an 8-2 advantage in shots.
The Tigers gave up a goal just before the halftime horn and another midway through the second half.
“Tough day at the office for us,” said CCC coach Aaron Hoxie, whose team is now 1-1. “This is one of those games where you are on top of the game creating chances and yet don't convert. But the other team takes the only two shots they had on goal and you lose a winnable match. It's soccer...it's life...gotta learn and move on from it."
Central hosts nationally ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan at 7 p.m. Saturday.