Central Christian College’s soccer teams had high aspirations for a road trip to Bethany, Okla., Wednesday, but unfortunately those aspirations were dashed by the Eagles in two tough contests.
Central Christian College’s soccer teams had high aspirations for a road trip to Bethany, Okla., Wednesday, but unfortunately those aspirations were dashed by the Eagles in two tough contests. The Tiger women found themselves in a battle from the first whistle. The Eagles got on the board first in the 13th minute of the first half. They scored their second goal in the 27th minute and took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break. The Tigers woke up after the intermission getting on the board in the 50th minute. Krystina Powell found the back of the net off of a pass from freshman Casey Kopang. Powell's goal was her 12th of the season. The next 30 minutes was some of the most exciting soccer of the season for the Lady Tigers as they fought back against the Eagles, trying to tie the game up. The Tigers fought valiantly, but in the 81st minute the Eagles got an insurance goal and the Tigers were defeated 3-1. Twila Smedley was in goal again for the Tigers. Smedley faced 14 shots on goal and turned away 11 of them. The Tiger offense had a nice night coming away with 6 shots on goal. “We struggled in the first half but really came out to play in the second,” coach Mike Reimer said. “It was an exciting 2nd half with the game at 2-1.” For the Tiger men, they were hoping to end the Eagles' three year win streak over them. The Tigers had their chances, but in the end, the Eagles overcame the Tigers 2-1 in overtime. It was the sixth time that 90 minutes wasn't enough to decide things for the Tigers. They are now 2-2-2 in overtime games this season. The Eagles and Tigers played the first 45 minutes to a 0-0 tie. Five minutes into the second half, the Tigers struck when Ronnie Rocha found the back of the net off of a pass from Gunnar Kelly that was “flicked” to Rocha for the score. The Tigers held the lead until the 70th minute when the Eagles scored the equalizer. The game remained tied for the rest of regulation and the game went into overtime. Two minutes into the first overtime the game was over when the Eagles broke down the Tigers and scored the game winner. The Tigers will play Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, tonight in their final conference games of the year.