What a start for Central Christian College’s women’s soccer team.
With a 3-1 victory over KCAC member Southwestern here Saturday, the Lady Tigers are now 3-0 on the season, 2-0 against the KCAC.
“We're obviously pleased with the result today,” CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. “It's our third game now that we've beaten a team that beat us last year, so we're getting some revenge in a way. But it's also nice that no one around here can seem to remember the last time this program had a 3-0 start."
Isabel Sierra scored two goals in the first half to give the Lady Tigers a nice advantage. After Southwestern cut the lead in half, CCC’s Marianna Mercer clinched the victory with the third goal.
Krystina Stackhouse and Kaitlyn Bevel were credited with assists on the first goal, with Haley McMath and Madison Strickland setting up the second goal. Jaclyn Caranza assisted the final goal.
CCC had a 17-10 advantage in shots and the Lady Tigers’ Shayna Watkins was required to make only two saves.
“Our offense is getting a lot of attention for scoring goals, but it's really our defensive play that is creating these chances and putting our opponents under a lot of pressure,” Fogarty said.
Central will have to really step up to make it a 4-0 start as a strong Bethany College team comes to town on Tuesday.
• Oklahoma Wesleyan men 7, Central 0 — Meanwhile, the Tiger men also were home Saturday to take on the nation’s No. 20-ranked team as well as a former MCAC member.
Wesleyan, now a KCAC school, raced by the Tigers, who simply couldn’t disarm the Eagles’ weapons.
“Oklahoma Wesleyan is an outstanding team,” Central coach Aaron Hoxie said. “It is unfortunate that we gave up a goal so early because it completely took us out of our game plan. I was proud of the way the lads responded in the second half competing they way they did. This game was a reality check for us and we will continue to look for ways to improve."
The Eagles scored four of their goals in the first half and three in the second. Ivan Ristic had a hat trick to lead the way.
Central, now 1-2, plays Tuesday at Oklahoma Christian University.