Mercer keys CCC women; men lose

By Steve Sell
September 13, 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. — It’s evident now that it’s turnaround season for Central Christian College’s women’s soccer team.

The Lady Tigers improved to 4-1 for the season on Saturday with an impressive 3-2 road win over Dakota Wesleyan.

“I'm very proud of this group of ladies,” Central coach Scott Fogarty said. "We were coming off of a tough loss in the last game and came out atrocious in the first half today, trailing 2-0, but they played with pride in the second half and pulled off the three-goal comeback. Even the opposing coach made a point of mentioning how we were a completely different team in the second half."

Of course, the long trip to South Dakota may have had something to do with it, but once the alarm went off, the Lady Tigers were on fire.

Krystina Stackhouse and Isabel Sierra knotted the game with single goals and with 8 minutes to go, Marianna Mercer powered in the game-winner.

Central had an 18-11 advantage in shots, 14-4 in the second half. Shayna Watkins had a great second half in goal to pick up the win.

Central stays on the road Tuesday to take on Sterling.

• STERLING MEN 1, CENTRAL 0 — While the Lady Tigers are 4-1, the Central men are the opposite at 1-4 following Saturday’s road loss.

Sterling scored a goal in the second half to decide the game, even though Central had a decided advantage in possession, but just couldn’t put the ball in the net.

"Another tough loss again tonight,” Central coach Aaron Hoxie said. “Crazy that we can't score, even after generating chances. We didn't play our best, but we definitely did enough to win. I didn't think that we made great decisions with the ball and definitely had numerous technical breakdowns that cost us more opportunities. The final ball was the dagger again tonight."

Central hosts Southwestern College on Tuesday.