Sierra, Arias lead Tiger kickers to sweep

By Steve Sell
September 29, 2016

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Not even a long road trip could cool off Central Christian College’s women’s soccer team.

The Tigers made it five wins in a row on Wednesday with a 3-0 rout of Presentation College.

Reigning NCCAA National Player of the Week Isabel Sierra began her campaign for re-election by scoring Central’s final two goals after Nikki Neal had scored the first.

Madison Strickland, Gabriela Barnard and Rachel Meier all had assists. Goldie Bougher came up with 7 saves in goal.

“Both teams have been playing well and coming off of hot streaks,” CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. “Today we were able to stay focused for 90 minutes. Our attack continues to be dangerous and our backline once again shut down the other team's major threats."

In fact, Fogarty called the Tigers’ effort the “most complete performance of the season.”

Central plays today at Mount Marty as it completes the two-game South Dakota swing.

• CENTRAL MEN 2, PRESENTATION 1 — Jason Arias’ big day ended a four-match losing streak for Central, now 3-5-1 on the year.

Arias scored both CCC goals, the last coming with 1:43 left in the game.

“Two good goals from Jason today,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. “The first goal was a case of being in the right place at the right time. We've had a hard time getting ourselves in these situations this season, but Jason was in the right place and acted first. The second goal was a blast, to put it simply. Beating the goal keeper to the near post from just inside the box was a memorable goal. The team did very well with their continuous pressure the last 10 minutes to create this chance for Jason."

CCC goalie Brian Silva was outstanding as he picked up his first win between the pipes.

“Today's game can be characterized by the word 'grind,’” Hoxie said. “It was an absolute war, metaphorically speaking of course. Both teams were very active, tough to the tackle and played a strong physical game. It was definitely a tough match to watch from a neutral perspective. However, I thought this played into our advantage, considering the obstacles that we have had the last 3-4 weeks of the season. For these reasons, I am very proud of the guys for their effort in getting a positive result.”

The men also play Mount Marty on Friday.