KISSIMMEE, Fla. — It was a soccer season that began back in mid-August and finally as winter is approaching, has come to a glorious end.
With a 2-1 victory over Trinity Lutheran College on Thursday in the NCCAA National Tournament, the Lady Tigers of Central Christian College reached the magical 20-win plateau with a final record of 20-6.
Central finished in second place in its four-team pool, but only the top team — Mississippi College — advanced to the championship game.
Central’s 20 wins marked the first time it had reached that number since becoming a four-year school. The six losses tied for the fewest in school history.
Central had to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit for the win. The Lady Tigers’ Krystina Stackhouse completed her career by scoring both second-half goals, with assists by Mia Otte and Amber Murray.
Shayna Watkins made 10 saves in goal for Central.
“We've had a lot of learning experiences this year, but I love that this team never gave up at any point,” CCC second-year coach Scott Fogarty said. “Winston Churchill said, 'Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.’ No matter what challenges this team faced, we continued to persevere and now we have a 20-win season. I'm very proud of this team and the leadership KP (Stackhouse) and Haze (Haley McMath) showed all year. After failing to qualify for even regionals for years, Central Christian Women's Soccer has bounced back in a big way, finishing in Top 4 at the National Tournament."