SHAWNEE, Okla. — Central Christian College’s men’s soccer team has proven to be highly competitive in the Sooner Athletic Conference during its inaugural season as a new league member.
The Tigers now have a chance to make the SAC Postseason Tournament as they went on the road Saturday for a 1-0 overtime victory over St. Gregory’s.
Central is now 3-5-1 in the SAC and 10-6-1 overall. A win at home Tuesday against Oklahoma City would assure them of making postseason play.
Matias Nunez’s penalty kick decided the game after CCC’s Gabriel Flores was tackled inside the box.
Brian Silva went all 96 minutes in goal to pick up the crucial win for the Tigers.
“We got a strong first half from the players, but we were missing the quality piece in the final one-third,” Central coach Aaron Hoxie said. “I thought that St. Gregory’s was strong on the counter, and kept it when they could, and they created numerous chances that Silva kept out. 1 v 1's, diving saves, reaction saves, and a goal line clearance, were all key components to keeping them off the board. The second half was much of the same, minus the midfield turnovers, and we added significant improvement in the attacking one third. The halftime adjustment was simple, play better. I'm proud of the kids. They've deserved the season that they are having. All of these guys come from a different culture and are on board with each other. It's really fun to be a part of."
• ST. GREGORY’S WOMEN 1, CENTRAL 0 – The Tigers simply can’t buy a break.
Another close game went against them on Saturday, adding to their litany of close losses this year.
The Cavaliers scored in the game’s 22nd minute.
“We've been the unluckiest team this year in terms of injuries and it hit us again early in the game today, but these things happen,” Tiger coach Scott Fogarty said. “What did us in today was not being able to find that final ball or run to break their defense. We needed just a bit more composure and technical quality. We kept fighting though and were almost rewarded when Ashleigh (Caudillo) smashed the crossbar from 25 yards out with only 30 seconds left. But it's been the story of our season though, falling one step off. I believe this makes four 1-goal losses in conference. Imagine how the season would be going if we reversed those results."
Goldie Bougher was strong between the pipes with 12 saves, but the Tigers dropped to 1-7 in the SAC and 4-12 overall. They wrap up the regular season Tuesday with a 3 p.m. game against Oklahoma City.