It was a clean sweep for Central Christian College’s soccer teams here Saturday against Harris-Stowe State University of Missouri.
The Lady Tigers continued their improbable renaissance of a turnaround with a 3-0 victory. They are now 5-2 and perhaps on the road toward postseason play, which they haven’t achieved since 2010.
Central coach Scott Fogarty was more than a little pleased.
“Today was our first complete game,” he said. "From the first minute to the last, everyone was focused and working towards our goals. Ultimately I was most impressed with our defense. We defended together as a unit and not as 11 individuals."
Fogarty clicked off the names of several players who excelled.
"Madison Strickland and Nikki Neal did a good job moving the ball in midfield and protecting the back line, while our back four worked really well to cover for each other,” he said. “Jessica Roberts and Kaitlyn Bevel really locked down their respective sides of the field and Mackenzie Woods and Amber Murray seem to have a better understanding every time they go out on the field. Finally, it was exciting to see Jaci Caranza with her first career brace (two goals)."
Krystina Stackhouse scored the first goal off a perfect feed from Marianna Mercer. Then it was Caranza who took care of the rest with the final two scores. Chelsea Nimmo had an assist on Caranza’s second goal.
Shayna Watkins notched her first career shutout in goal.
Central makes the long trip to Leavenworth on Tuesday to play KCAC member Saint Mary, which defeated this same Harris-Stowe team 2-1 on Friday.
• Central men 3, Harris-Stowe 2 — The Tiger men are trying their best to keep pace with the women as their second straight win improved their record to 3-4.
Down 2-1 at the half, the Tigers roared back to win on goals by Ray Anderson and Adam Langdon. Steady Oscar Pizano had scored the first Tiger goal. Sebastian Diaz Carbo, Patricio Laffaye and Oscar Gudino were credited with assists.
“Another good performance today against a good HSSU team,” Central coach Aaron Hoxie said. “They are better than their record shows. I thought that getting goals in both halves, very early, was a positive sign of our intentions. For the first time in a while, we were able to overcome a deficit and get a win."
Josh Paine earned the win in goal.
The Tiger men will join the women in Leavenworth on Tuesday. Saint Mary routed Harris-Stowe 5-1 on Friday, so Central will really have to step up its game.