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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Tigers fall to OWU 4-0 on senior night

  • The CCC men's soccer team played their final game at home on Wednesday night.
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  • The CCC men's soccer team played their final game at home on Wednesday night.
    The Tigers honored two seniors, Alex Akrawi and Brian Stackhouse, who have been an integral part of the program's success the past four years.
    Unfortunately the Tigers were playing the No. 8 ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles on their senior night.
    The Eagles showed why they are ranked in the top 10 in the nation. They were quick and precise with their touches and accurate with their shots.
    The Tigers spent a lot of the night chasing the ball and Eagle attackers. When the final horn sounded, the Tigers had succumbed to the Eagles 4-0.
    The Tiger men played better in the second half of the game, as the bulk of the Eagles scoring took place in the opening half.
    The Eagles connected on three goals in the first half and added their final goal in the second. The Tigers did a much better job of defending after the intermission, and on a couple of occasions were able to mount a counter attack.
    The Eagles took 28 total shots, and placed 14 of them on net. Akrawi played a masterful game and came away with 10 saves.
    The Tiger offense came up with 3 shots, only 1 on goal, against the stingy Eagle defense.
    "Tonight we were really up against it,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. “They are a great football team from top to bottom. I knew we would have to play with intelligence and composure, perhaps get a little luck in there too. It was not the result that we were hoping for but it was not a bad result either. I am real proud of our effort and that we competed from start to finish."
    Hoxie also lauded the play of his two seniors
    "Alex and Brian are wonderful boys,” Hoxie said. “They have shown a ton of class in leading the squad this year. They have made personal sacrifices in order to help this young team out. They leave a tremendous legacy for future generations."
    The loss drops the Tigers to 3-11-3 on the season and 0-4-1 in conference play.
    They will wrap up their season on Saturday when they go on the road to Denver, Colorado to play the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats.
    Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
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