Tiger kickers split with Sterling

By Steve Sell
September 22, 2016
Rhylee Richardson-Central Christian College Sports Information

Central Christian College’s women’s soccer team is starting to find its 2015 form that saw it finish fourth in the NCCAA National Tournament.

The Tigers improved to 5-3 on Wednesday with another win over a KCAC school, Sterling College.

Once again it was Isabel Sierra who scored the winner, as her goal nearly 15 minutes into the second half gave the Tigers a 2-1 victory.

CCC had led 1-0 on a goal by Madison Strickland, with Sierra and Rachel Meier setting her up. After Sterling tied the game late in the first half, Sierra scored the winner off another Meier assist.

Goldie Bougher came up with three saves in goal for Central, which nearly doubled Sterling in shots with a 17-9 advantage.

Sterling had been 11-1 against the Tigers since 2005, so this one felt good.

“This has always been a difficult game for us over the years," CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. "Sterling has had our number for close to a decade, so it felt really nice to get a result tonight against them. Our game plan was 'no silly mistakes.’ We know we have an offense that can create, but we have a tendency to try and do too much with the ball. We wanted to limit our turnovers and easy opportunities for the other team. We did that. We gave up a goal late in the half and we have to work on improving that area of our game, but overall we're pleased with the way we played and continue to make strides to how we want to play."

The Tigers will try for a 3-0 week against the KCAC on Saturday when they travel to Winfield to take on Southwestern.

• STERLING MEN 1, CENTRAL 0 — The Tigers continue to play everybody tough, but wins have been scarce.

A first-half goal by Sterling was the difference as the Tigers are now 2-5-1 on the year.

Sterling had a 9-6 advantage in shots. Brian Silva came up with two saves in goal for the Tigers.

“Not a quality first half from the players tonight," CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said.  "I am not sure what happened with them, but we were mentally out of it. But only being down 1-0 having played so bad, there was some confidence going into the second half.  We knew that all we needed was a bit of magic when we had that one clear opportunity. Credit to the Sterling back line for keeping that moment in check, they played very well.  I'm very happy with the guys second half effort and performance.  It was very ugly, but effective to say the least.  It just didn't result in any reward."

Like the women, the CCC men play Saturday at Southwestern.