Central Christian College’s men’s soccer team pushed through a pair of second-half goals here Friday to outlast Mount Marty, 2-1.
Matthew Massey’s goal with 20 minutes left proved to be the decider for the Tigers, who are now 2-1.
Sebastian Diaz Carbo had scored the Tigers’ first goal.
Mount Marty actually had a 12-10 advantage in shots, but only two were on the frame.
“The Tiger coaching staff is pleased with the direction the team is heading, but also knows there is still a long way to go yet,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. “That was a match for the hard working. End-to-end action with plenty of tired legs. Of course I am happy that we were able to win another close game, but there is still much work to be done with the finer details of the game. Many of our problems were generated from our own doing as we had costly turnovers in dangerous positions. We were also not very intelligent in our defending and fouled stupidly. Overall, it was a solid team win and am happy with that."
CCC is at Hillsdale Baptist on Monday.
• CCC women 0, Mount Marty 0 — It was a whole lot of nothing in the women’s game as the teams were scoreless for more than 100 minutes.
Central probably had the better chances, but couldn’t convert.
“I've always told my teams 'if the other team doesn't score, we can't lose,’” CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. "I'm pleased with the shutout and how our backline is starting to gel. We have three new faces on defense, so I knew it would take match experience for them to become comfortable. It's not perfect yet, but they did a job today. Unfortunately we weren't clinical in attack. We generated a number of chances that should've been put away, but lacked composure in front of net. Marianna Mercer continues to be a handful for opposing defenders and once she figures it out, I think the goals will start to come in bunches for her.”
CCC is now 1-3-1 and is home Wednesday to take on Bethel, with game time 5:30 p.m.