Hoxie says scrimmage will help Tigers

By Steve Sell
August 25, 2017

Central Christian College men’s soccer coach Aaron Hoxie said his team learned a lot about itself in a scrimmage here Thursday with Iowa Lakes Community College.

The Iowans secured a 3-2 exhibition decision at Grant Complex, using an early 2-0 lead as the kickstart.

“We had some issues with our backline that needed sorted out, our midfield was having a difficult time keeping up and we couldn't pass the ball to save our life,” Hoxie said of the start. “It all came down to being out of place. We are on Day 5 and they are on Game 5.”

Central later fell behind 3-1 before the Tigers put up the final goal.

Both scores for the Tigers were by Gabe Flores, both assisted by Mati Nunez. Antonio Villa made four saves in goal in the first half, with Brian Silva turning back eight in the second half.

“In the end, the result was fair,” Hoxie said. “They were better than us and deserved to win.”

This exhibition gave the Tigers some much-needed time on the pitch before they open their season for real on Tuesday hosting KCAC member Bethel College, with that game under the lights at 8:00.

“I'm happy about the intangibles,” Hoxie said. “We had good leadership out there and those guys really competed. They led the charge back to make the game competitive by willing themselves to take the work rate higher. The young kids now have an example of what college soccer is like and what is expected of them." 

And despite being a two-year school, Iowa Lakes will be among the best jucos around.

“We played a really good team that is always competing for a spot at the national championships for juco,” Hoxie said. “They are in a loaded conference, so they have to bring in internationals, and other quality D-I and D-II players, just for a shot at conference. Playing them, and getting this result, showed us that we can compete, but more importantly, showed us our weaknesses. Now it's time to get better."