This is one that the Central Christian College men’s soccer team felt like it gave away.
The Tigers dominated Sterling by outshooting the Warriors 20-5 here Saturday, but could never find the net in a 1-0 loss. That denied Central its fourth win against KCAC competition this year.
“This is soccer,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. "You dominate the entire match and own every statistical category except the one that matters and lose the match. It's a tough one to take, especially because we didn't deserve this result. I feel bad for the players, top to bottom. At any rate, this is a lesson for us. Need to put weaker teams away or else they will burn you. It happens, we've been on the other side of it as well."
Sterling goalie Nick Seeley was sensational as he turned away several CCC rushes. Luis Soto had to make only two saves as the Tigers dominated time of possession. The only goal came with 14 minutes left in the game by Steward Bortey.
Central is now 5-3 and hosts Dallas Christian on Wednesday. Match time is 2 p.m.
• Sterling women 4, Central 2 — The Lady Tigers had a 2-1 lead in the first half, but wound up losing the game and standout Nikki Neal to an injury.
Neal had scored an early goal along with Haley McMath, with assists by Mackenzie Woods and Marianna Mercer. Sterling, however, scored two goals before the half was over for a 3-2 lead and added another in the second half.
Twila Smedley came up with six saves for the Lady Tigers in goal
“We played with a decent Sterling team tonight under tough circumstances,” CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. “Last season this team ran us off the park. This time around, we gave them a scare and even held the lead for a bit. This was our best offensive game this season, not only the the number of goals, but in the chances we created ourselves. It was just very unfortunate that we lost Nikki Neal to injury during the play she scored on. I love this team. They respond to everything that gets thrown at them and continue to better themselves. I've never had a team struggle and persevere through so much, but I am grateful to coach each one of these ladies. Losing a teammate is never easy but we know Nikki will bounce back and so will this team.”
CCC is now 1-6-1 and hosts Bellevue at 7 p.m. Wednesday.