Central Christian College’s men’s soccer team continued its late-season surge here Saturday by outlasting Johnson and Wales, 2-1.
The Tigers wrapped up regular-season play by winning six of their last seven to improve to 9-7-1.
“What a grinder that game was, man,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. “Very tough and physical game, with an intense feeling all match. However, if you were the casual fan, I'm not sure you'd appreciate the product on the field, as the match was not a spectacle, that's for sure."
Joshua Dalton’s goal with just 5 minutes left in the game gave the Tigers the win after Oscar Pizano had scored CCC’s first goal.
The two teams, oddly enough, now meet Nov. 11 in the AII Tournament in Denver.
• JOHNSON AND WALES WOMEN 4, CENTRAL 3 — Arianna Flores’ goal in the 105th minute decided the exhausting game and dropped Central to 11-4-1 on the year. The Tigers had been 9-0-1 in their last 10 games.
Isabel Sierra scored two Central goals and Rachel Meier forced overtime when she scored with just over a minute left in the game.
“Today was a tough one,” CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. “It had the feel of a playoff game and things got a bit chippy fairly early, slowly escalating as the game went on. We've had a lot of 'free time' on our hands the past two weeks and we've had plenty of distractions off the field which contributed to our lack of sharpness, focus and fitness. You could see it in training all week. I don't want to take anything away from JWU though. They came today with a lot of fire power and a point to prove. I think they had that ''edge" that made the difference in the end. We did well to respond to each goal today, but in overtime you don't get that luxury. Hopefully we use today to get back to playing at a higher level."
CCC wraps up the regular season Thursday hosting NCAA Division II school Oklahoma Baptist University.