Hope is alive for CCC women; men eliminated

By Steve Sell
November 21, 2015

WAXAHACHIE, Texas — The Cinderella slipper is beginning to feel comfortable on the feet of the Central Christian College women’s soccer team.

The Lady Tigers continued their improbable run through the NCCAA Regional Tournament on Friday with a shocking 2-1 upset of No. 1 seed Oklahoma Wesleyan, which last week had made it to the KCAC championship game.

Central is playing Mid-America Christian today in the championship game.

Jaclyn Caranza made a great individual effort to get Central on the board. She came up with a steal, sliced through two defenders and knocked a shot in the goal.

With the game tied at 1-all in the second half, Central’s MacKenzie Woods lofted a pass to Krystina Stackhouse, who drilled in the game-winner. Shayna Watkins took care of the rest in goal and the Lady Tigers improved to 18-4.

“Well, we're over the moon at the moment,” CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. "We went to overtime yesterday and knew we had a very difficult match today against the top team in the region, but the ladies stuck to the game plan. They worked for each other all day and waited for their opportunities to strike. We've told them all year it only takes a moment to score a goal and today we took two of those moments against a fantastic team. Scoring goals is awesome and we continue to do what we need in attack, if just enough, but throughout this run our entire defensive unit and team defense has been solid. Defense wins championships and we hope we have one more good performance left in the tank."

• Southwestern Christian men 5, Central 1 — Unfortunately for the CCC men, they ran into a buzzsaw as the top-seeded Eagles were at the pinnacle of their game.

The Eagles scored two goals in the first half and added three in the second half. Jeremy Brooker’s goal with 65 minutes left prevented the shutout as Central ended its season with an 8-11 record.

“We were always going to be up against it having a key player missing,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. “However, I believed in this group of men despite this. We had a great start to the match, having generated a couple of chances before giving up any clear opportunities. That being said, they isolated their best player into dangerous positions, and made the most out of their chances. In the end, we gave them our best effort, but just got beat by a better team."