OMAHA, Neb. — The Oscars were handed out on Saturday.
Oscar Pizano and Oscar Gudino scored goals as Central Christian College’s men’s soccer team blanked Grace University 2-0 to move past the .500 mark.
CCC is now 7-6-2 overall.
Both goals came in the first half. Gudino and Clark Munger came up with assists. Ben Hartzell made a rare start in goal and picked up the shutout.
“It feels good to win again,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. “And in the process, accomplish one of our team's season goals. That goal was to qualify for the NCCAA regional tournament in November. The win on Saturday clinched a spot in the regional bracket for the Tigers. It wasn't the prettiest of wins, but hats off to the lads for staying the course and finishing strong. I am especially happy for Ben, in earning a clean sheet."
The Tigers host York College on Wednesday.
• Central women 4, Grace 0 — There were a lot of smiles on Central’s side as the Lady Tigers recorded their third win of the year.
CCC scored two goals in each half. Marianna Mercer accounted for two goals, and Mackenzie Woods and Amanda Curtis scored the others. The victory improved the Lady Tigers to 3-11-2 overall.
“We put in a good effort today,” CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. "We had tired legs after playing two games in less than 24 hours, but we played smart and finished our chances. I was very pleased to see Amanda Curtis and Mackenzie Woods score their first career collegiate goals, while Marianna Mercer scored a pair, adding two more goals to her early career tally. The backline combined with Twila Smedley in net to play a safe and solid defensive performance, securing our third shutout of the season. Austyn Chynoweth, Kaitlyn Bevel, Jaylyn Packard and Curtis each logged an assist."
The Lady Tigers host York on Wednesday.