CONWAY, AR—The Central Christian College women's soccer team closed out their road trip to Arkansas, but gutting out a 1-0 win over the Central Baptist College Mustangs.
The Tigers scored the games' only goal in the first half, and then hung on to run their season record to 2-0. The Tigers dominated play and time of possession, but were unable to find the back of the net more than once. Fortunately, one goal was all they would need as the Tiger defense was up to the task, earning the clean sheet.
The Tigers had eight shots in the opening half, but they were only able to connect on one of them. Their lone goal came in the 16th minute when freshman Rachel Schlagel found the foot of fellow freshman De Anna Balencia, who put the ball in the back of the net. The Central ladies outshot their Mustang counterparts 23 to 4, and also had the advantage in shots on goal 12 to 4.
Charis Ball got the start in goal for the Tigers, and picked up the win. She played the opening half, facing just one shot on goal by the Mustangs and tallying one save. Keely King came on in the second half, to play the final 45 minutes. She maintained the clean sheet, coming up with two saves in the process.
"We'll we're happy to be leaving Arkansas with two wins and a positive start to our season", said Central head coach Scott Fogarty. "We did a good job today of creating several golden chances, but we didn't have our finishing boots on. Thankfully it didn't come back to haunt us since De Anna gave us the lead in the first half." Fogarty added, "Another positive from this trip was we had four different goal scorers out of our five goals this trip, so we're getting productivity from several players." He lauded the play of his defense, especially Allison Harper saying, "At the other end, we showed much better control of the ball in possession that helped create our chances. The backline needs to be credited with setting the tempo in possession but also limiting CBC to only four shots, three of which all came on the same play. Ally Harper has been big in stepping into her role at the center of our defense."
Now at 2-0 on the year, the Tigers will try and keep their win streak alive next week when they travel to play Bethel College on Wednesday evening. The Tigers and Threshers will take the pitch at 8 pm.