Central Christian College’s women’s soccer team posted a pair of second-half goals and shut down York College on the other end for a much-needed 2-0 victory here Wednesday.
Mackenzie Woods scored 68:21 into the game and Haley McMath provided the insurance at 82:20. Goalie Twila Medley and the CCC defense took care of the rest as the Lady Tigers were highly impressive in moving to 2-4 in the MCAC, the first time since 2010 they have won two conference games.
“The ladies played a good, full 90 minutes today,” CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. "We possessed the ball very well today, probably the most possession we've had all season and we were able to make it count. We took advantage of two set-pieces, first through Kaitlyn Bevel's tap-in from MacKenzie Woods' free-kick and later through Haley McMath's well-struck ball into the upper corner. Amanda Curtis had another solid showing in the backline, helping us win our second game in a row, and consecutive shutouts for the first time this year."
The Lady Tigers, 4-11-1 overall, have now won two in a row. They will hope to make it three in a row on Saturday when they close out their season against the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats. Game time is slated for noon. Between the men's and women's games, the Tigers will honor seniors Emily Ratsdakhom, Amanda Curtis, Jaylyn Packard and Austyn Chenoweth.
• CENTRAL MEN 2, YORK 2 — Ben Sullivan’s late goal tied the game for York, then the teams battled through two overtimes without a score.
That proved to be costly for the Tigers, who needed to win this game to make the MCAC postseason tournament, while York just needed a win or tie to advance.
Down 1-0, Central battled back to take a 2-1 lead on goals by Ivo Del Fa and Takashiro Koga. Oscar Gudino had two assists.
“We live in a state of coulda, woulda, shoulda, always wondering, and always pondering those questions,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. “However, life goes on and we must improve in two critical areas before we can call ourselves a tournament team. We have to be critical in front of the net. If we were, today would have been 5-0. We have to not be the reason why other teams score. An own goal after sloppy possession in the midfield, and a soft penalty kick, and we will always keep teams in the competition. Instead of 5-0, it was 2-2 and we crashed out. That being said, there isn't one player who did not commit themselves to today's cause. Everyone worked extremely hard and have maximum energy. For this, I am very proud of them. We are getting close to putting this thing together, need to keep positive because the future is strong."
CCC is now 7-6-3 on the season. It will close out the regular season at home on Saturday against Johnson & Wales University at 2:30 p.m. Seniors Josh Black, Vincent Bas and Ben Hartzell will be honored between games on Saturday.