It was a happy Homecoming Day for Central Christian College’s soccer teams on Saturday as they celebrated the annual weekend by thrilling the enthusiastic home crowd with a sweep of Grace University.
The amazing Lady Tigers continued their remarkable season with a 3-0 victory as they are now 9-2, equaling the number of victories of the last three seasons combined. It also was their fifth straight win.
Isabel Sierra and Krystina Stackhouse were immense. Sierra scored two goals and assisted on the other by Stackhouse, who had assisted on both of Sierra’s earlier. Shayna Watkins was called on to make only three saves as CCC controlled the action with 34 shots to just nine for the Royals.
“It's always a good day when you can win on homecoming, in front of a big crowd and alumni," CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. "Against a much-improved Grace team, we were able to dictate play for the whole game and create a lot of chances. KP (Stackhouse) continues her run up the all-time scoring chart (currently tied for third), but loves to play provider as well, notching two assists. I think she has more assists this season than her previous three years combined. And if Izzy (Sierra) continues scoring like she is, she will soon be joining KP on the all-time list."
Central will have its mettle tested this week on the road as it steps up in competition to play Dallas Christian College on Tuesday and Southwestern Assembles of God on Wednesday.
• Central men 4, Grace 0 — The Tiger men finally ended a four-game losing streak with the easy win to improve to 4-7 on the year. They also make the trip to Texas this week with the women’s team.
Central scored two goals in each half and never was seriously threatened as the Royals were just what the doctor ordered for homecoming.
“Tonight was a special moment for the college, as we honored the 2015 homecoming class, that had several of our players voted on,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. "The guys came out and performed OK in the first half, I think it was because it was difficult to match the energy and intensity level after playing a derby match midweek against Mac College. Despite that, we were able to create several chances late in the half and were rewarded with a couple of goals. I was very pleased with the second half because our play improved dramatically. We were able to combine with several different players going forward that allowed us to generate what I would call quality chances. We were not rewarded with goals, as the Grace University goalkeeper was outstanding tonight. Overall, I would rate our performance as a positive and hope the goals continue to come next week."
Sebastian Diaz Carbo tallied twice to lead the Tigers, while Ray Anderson and Gabriel Flores also tallied goals. Flores also had two assists.