Central Christian College’s men’s soccer team charged back in the second half, but its rally came up short as the Tigers lost a 3-2 decision to University of Science and Arts here Tuesday night.
The Tigers surrendered three goals in the first half, but played with renewed vigor in the second half. Gabriel Flores scored Central’s first goal off an assist by Jayke Maples, then the roles were reversed later in the game with Flores passing to Maples for a score.
“Another silly first 20 minutes and another great second half,” Central coach Aaron Hoxie said. "I'll take the blame for the first half. I did not put the guys in situations where we could take advantage of their natural abilities. I need to get better with my pregame decisions. The second half response was exactly what we needed. We finally got the players in the right places and we started flowing. We had several opportunities that were clear chances and we got two goals out of the game. I thought maybe a penalty shot should have been awarded at one point and we had several shots at the goal keeper, but it wasn't to be. I think the players deserve all the credit for getting themselves into this match.”
Central is now 2-5-1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference and 9-6-1 on the season. It heads to Shawnee, Okla., on Saturday to take on St. Gregory’s.
• Science and Arts women 6, Central 2 — The nationally ranked — No. 23 — Drovers unleashed a barrage of goals.
Isabel Sierra and Kyle Hughes were tremendous in defeat as Sierra scored both Tiger goals off passes from Hughes.
Central, whose roster has been depleted by a spate of injuries, is 4-11 in the SAC and 1-5 overall. The Tigers play Saturday at St. Gregory’s.