MUSKOGEE, Okla. — It was Central Christian College’s finest hour to date in terms of the new Sooner Athletic Conference.
The Tigers posted their first-ever soccer sweep on Thursday with road successes at Bacone College.
• Central men 3, Bacone 2 — A golden goal by Gabriel Flores in the game’s 92nd minute improved the Tigers to 2-3-1 in the SAC and 9-4-1 overall.
CCC scored back-to-back goals for a 2-1 lead after Bacone put a goal on the board first. Reece Stewart scored for the Tigers, assisted by Joshua Taylor. Flores notched the second goal, with Taylor again assisting.
Bacone scored just 3 minutes after Flores’ first goal and the teams then played on even terms until the OT.
“This game was about being men,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. “Given the travel plans, heat, guys on injuries and physical play, we were men. There was no complaining, only ‘yes sir I'll give more moments’ and they did it. We'll pay for it Saturday, but we came on this trip for 1 point, and we got 3 out of it so far. But the players were fantastic and they deserve all the praise."
The Tigers make another long trip on Saturday as they play John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.
• Central women 4, Bacone 0 — It was like old times for the Central women, who have been off their form this season after a couple of outstanding years.
The Central women had gone nearly a month without a win, but are now 1-4 in the SAC and 4-9 overall as it was their first-ever SAC win.
“I'm proud of the way we defended today,” Central coach Scott Fogarty said. “We finally got that elusive shutout and did it using a team effort defending in numbers. Goldie (Bougher) played great in net for us. After a slow start to her season, she's starting to find the form that helped her to being All-Region last year. Even though the stats will say they outshot us, a majority of their shots came from way out."
Bougher had 12 saves in goal.
Freshman Christina Hall had a big game for Central with two goals, while Kaitlyn Bevel and Rachel Meier scored singletons. Bevel and Meier also had assists.
Central plays at No. 20 John Brown on Saturday.