CCC men kickers edged, 3-2

By Steve Sell
October 19, 2016

SHAWNEE, Okla. — Central Christian College’s men’s soccer team put up quite a battle against highly regarded Oklahoma Baptist University on Tuesday, losing a narrow 3-2 decision.

The Tigers actually had a 2-1 lead against the NCAA Division II school, but couldn’t hang on. Tiger goals were scored by Matthew Malone and Gabriel Flores. Ricky Tellez had an assist on the first goal.

OBU more than doubled the Tigers in shots, 19-8, but CCC’s Brian Silva was strong between the pipes with 6 saves.

“Tonight was a solid performance all around from the guys,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. “It stinks that we gave up a 2-0 lead, but there are several things we can take away from today going forward. Our defending and goal-keeping play was fantastic. We were opportunistic when we had the ball and came close to extending the lead on several occasions. Ultimately, we were unlocked by two pieces of magic from one of their wingers. When quality finds space, stuff happens. He deserves the goals because we tormented him all game, but he kept his cool and persevered. I think that we've proven to ourselves that we can compete with quality. That is important for our mentality going forward."

CCC, now 7-7-1, plays again next Wednesday at Manhattan Christian.