Central Christian College’s women's soccer team got the proverbial "monkey" off its back on Friday afternoon with a 1-0 overtime win against the University of St. Mary Spires.
Both teams came into the game with an 0-2 record, and both were still looking for their first goal of the season.
As they have done in both of their previous two appearances, the Lady Tigers looked sharp in the first 25 minutes of the game. They dominated the midfield and kept the ball in their attacking third. Early in the half, the Lady Tigers looked like they were going to break through. Haley McMath knocked in a rebounded shot, but the goal was called back for offsides. Late in the half, the momentum began to shift and possession began to favor the Spires. The CCC defense did a nice job along with Twila Smedley in goal to keep things knotted at zero going into the half.
In the second half not much changed. Each team had some opportunities, but nothing materialized. Regulation play ended with no score and the teams went into overtime. At the college level teams will play a maximum of two, 10-minute golden goal (sudden death) overtime sessions. If no one scores during those two, 10-minute periods, the game ends in a draw. Midway through the first overtime session, freshman forward Kaitlyn Bevel, who has been affectionately dubbed “Bubbles" by her teammates, collected a ball in the midfield, beat one defender and from about 30 yards out, launched a shot that floated over the outstretched arm of the USM goal keeper ending the goal drought for the Tigers and the game.
"I'm very proud of the way we played today,” CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. "We showed determination and fight today for 90 minutes and then some."
Fogarty gave kudos to his back line saying, "Our defense continues to improve every game, anchored today by Amanda Curtis and Mackenzie Woods. Summer Williams and Kaylynn Taber did a solid job on the outside and keeping us working as a unit and not as individuals."
"Haley McMath continues to cover more ground than any player in midfield" Fogarty said. “But it was the inclusion of Jaylyn Packard and Emily Ratsdakhom that seemed to change the dynamics in the middle and piece it all together. I am happy for Kaitlyn Bevel to get her first career goal, let alone a game-winner in overtime. This win was huge for morale."
The Lady Tigers are now 1-2 on the season. They will be back in action next Wednesday when they make the short trip across town to play at McPherson College. The women's game will be played at 6:30 p.m. following the men's game at 4 p.m.