LINDSBORG — Maybe Bethany College’s Anderson Field is a second home for Central Christian College’s soccer teams.
The Tigers were to have hosted Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday, but because of the torrential rains during the week the Central field was not deemed playable. Hence the road trip 12 miles north for a pair of “home” games.
The Tiger women, coming off a loss to McPherson College, got right back in proper form with a 3-0 shutout.
Central led 2-0 at the half on goals by Gabriela Barnard and Rachel Meier. Isabel Sierra scored after the break for insurance. Meier had two assists on the day and Chelsea Nimmo had one.
“It was a good game all around, not perfect but good nonetheless,” said CCC coach Scott Fogarty, whose team is now 2-1. “We were able to get three goal-scorers on the sheet and we recorded our second shutout of the season, which was our first priority for this game. We were more composed on the ball and had players looking to go to goal. The first two games, we lacked that instinct.”
The Tiger defense was solid.
“When Dakota Wesleyan created their two-best chances, Goldie Bougher came up with a big stop on a breakaway in the first half and Morgan Phillips calmly stopped a well-struck free-kick late in the second,” Fogarty said. “We're still putting some pieces together, but the girls showed their flexibility in different systems today and that's going to be big going forward."
Central hopes the familiarity with Anderson Field comes in handy on Wednesday as it returns there to take on Bethany College at 5 p.m.
• CENTRAL MEN WIN 2-0 — Like the women, the Tiger men were strong in a bounce-back performance to move to 2-1 on the season.
Both CCC goals came in the first half. David Martinez-Salinas took a pass by Oscar Gudino to score, then 6 minutes later it was Oscar Pizano lighting the lamp after a feed from Jayke Maples.
Antonio Ramirez-Villa had to make only one save as CCC controlled the time of possession.
“I am happy with the team, of course, the win was important, especially with a very tough string of matches coming up,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. “I saw several areas of improvement from the last match, but there are areas that we can afford to be a bit more clinical at. But those things can be improved on with some time and work in training."
The Tigers have a big-time test coming up at 7 p.m. Wednesday when they play Bethany College on the Anderson Field pitch.