KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Defending NCCAA national champion Houghton College outlasted Central Christian College 1-0 in the first round of the national women’s soccer tournament on Tuesday.
The game appeared headed for overtime as neither team could dent the scoreboard, but the Highlanders scored in the game’s 86th minute and that proved to be the difference.
Both teams had 7 shots on goal as it was an even contest throughout.
“If you would've told me we'd be tied 0-0 with the defending champions with only 4 minutes to play I would've taken it,” Tiger coach Scott Fogarty said. “Unfortunately they snuck one in with very little time on the clock, leaving us a very small window to respond. This was a real back-and-forth game that could've gone either way. We defended well throughout the game, but it wasn't until halftime that our attack really got going. We started moving the ball much better in the second half, finding some gaps and had a couple of half-decent looks, but we're unable to put any in the back of the net.”
Goldie Bougher had an outstanding game in goal for the Tigers.
Central is back in action today in pool play as it takes on No. 2 seed Campbellsville University at 2:30 p.m.
“We did put up a fight, but it was a tough draw for us to be put in the 'Group of Death'. We're still alive though and will need a result against Campbellsville,” Fogarty said. “With the lopsided scores in the other groups, we're not expecting to win any goal differential battles so a win is a must, but goals are needed as well.”