CCC women win 4-2; men lose 4-2.
The Central Christian College of Kansas soccer teams hosted Bethel College of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tuesday night and came away with a split, winning the women's game 4-2 while dropping the men's by the same score.
In the women's game Central got on the board first on a Naime Barba goal just six minutes in. She added a second goal 11 minutes later and the Tigers were cruising, or so they thought. The Threshers even things up before half time with goals at the 27 and 39 minute marks to end half tied at two.
Long distances goals by Rachel Meier at the 63rd and 86th minute marks would give CCC its final margin of victory. The Tigers outshot the Threshers 32-7 with 23 of those shots being inside the frame. Goalie Goldie Bougher turned away three of five shots on goal by Bethel, recording her first win of the young season and 13th of her career.
"There were a lot of positives to take away from this game but a lot of negatives as well, especially the last 15 minutes of the first half," said Central coach Scott Fogarty. We got up 2-0 early and then completely lost our focus. We basically let them back into the game by gifting them two goals and that is something we absolutely cannot afford this season. As always we will grow from it, learn from it but I have to remind myself we did get the win."
On the men's side it was quite an odd night as four of the games six goals came on penalty kicks, three for Bethany and one for Central. The Threshers first freebie came just five minutes into the game, with the Tigers capitalizing on a Lucas Braga penalty kick just seven minutes later. Bethel added two more goals before halftime to go into the break up 3-1.
Bethel was once again awarded a freebie in the opening minute of the second half. CCC's Joshua Taylor cut the Thresher lead in half in the 75th minute to close out the games scoring. Bethel outshot Central 16-11, with five Threshers shots inside the frame.
"Tough game for the guys tonight," Tiger Head Coach Aaron Hoxie said. "Bethel is a completely different team than before. Fast, aggressive, hardworking and overall more talented. Congrats to them for getting the win tonight. Hard to say they are better overall but I will admit that they were better than us today. They were more prepared than we were; had more experience, were better organized and played their system flawlessly."
The Tigers' women go on the road to Iowa for a pair of games as they take on Northwestern College Friday at 7:15 p.m. and Dordt College Saturday at 4 p.m. The next match for the Central men is in Joplin, Missouri Saturday at Ozark Christian College. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
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