Central men kickers improve to 5-2

By Steve Sell
September 25, 2014

WINFIELD — Central Christian College’s men’s soccer team scored yet another victory over a KCAC member on Wednesday, going on the road to hand Southwestern a 2-1 defeat.

CCC is now off to a 5-2 start.

Ray Anderson’s goal with 23 minutes left in the game proved to be the winner. Passes by Jayke Maples and Jeremy Brooker had put Anderson into position to score.

The game had been tied at 1-all at the half, with Oscar Pizano scoring the Tigers’ goal with 5 minutes remaining off an assist by David Martinez-Salinas.

CCC had a 15-14 advantage in shots and Luis Soto made five saves in goal for the Tigers.

“Another team win,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. “We had contributions from everyone today and that is fantastic to see. I thought that we fully deserved the win today."

CCC hosts Sterling on Saturday, with game time at 8 p.m.

• SOUTHWESTERN WOMEN 2, CCC 0 — The Lady Tigers gave up a goal in each half to drop to 1-5-1 on the season.

Central did get some opportunities with seven shots, three by Nikki Neal. Southwestern rattled off 10 shots to 0 for the Lady Tigers in the first half before Central picked up the pace. Twila Smedley had four saves in goal for the Lady Tigers.

“We competed today,” CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. "This was our most complete game to date. Although they scored and had a majority of the chances in the first half, we gave ourselves a chance today. Twila Smedley came up huge with a fantastic breakaway save to keep the score 0-0 early on and then controlled the penalty area on crosses and balls played into the box. They continued to have more possessions in the second half, but we looked dangerous and had more chances and shots. We looked more likely to score, which included a Nikki Neal free-kick off the crossbar."

Fogarty said Marianna Mercer had an outstanding day.

“"A big part of the improved offense was Marianna Mercer's hold-up play,” Fogarty said.  “She did excellent to show for the ball and combine with the midfield, something that was missing previously this season. The team took a big step forward today despite the score line. I do believe in moral victories."

CCC hosts Sterling at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.