CRETE, NE – The Central Christian College women's soccer team remained perfect on the year, pushing their record to 5-0 on the season with a statement win over the Doane College Tigers Monday night.
The Central Tigers gave up an early goal to the Doane Tigers, but bounced back with three goals to leave Crete with a 3-1 victory. All the scoring took place in the opening half of play with the Doane Tigers scoring first in the 8th minutes of the game. The CCC ladies responded in the 25th minute with the equalizer, a goal from senior Isabel Sierra, off of an assist from freshman Mariah Godinez.
Eight minutes later, another freshman, Alexa Riddle took a pass from Abbi Koehn and slotted a goal past the Doane goal keeper. It would turn out being the game winner, but just for good measure, the Tigers added an insurance goal in the 40th minute of the half. This time it was a pair of freshman connecting, Lisette Whiteside with the goal, Riddle with the assist.
After 45 minutes of play, Central led Doane 3-1 heading into the halftime intermission. After the break, the two teams played to a stalemate, neither able to find the back of the net. The Tigers dominated the time of possession in both halves, and that resulted in more shots from the visitors. They took a total of 24 shots to just 11 for the home team, and had the advantage in shots on frame 14-4. Keely King was in net for Central. She faced four shots on goal from the Doane Tigers, stopping three of them in route to her second win of the season.
Central head coach, Scott Fogarty praised his team's performance saying, "This was arguably our best game to date. We still gave up an early goal, something we're going to have to fix before conference play but there was no sign of panic. We can still be a little too one-dimensional in our attacks but we are improving in this area. We're starting to figure things out and understand one another a little better. Doane was a well-organized and physical team, something we'll see in conference play so it was a good test for us."
Fogarty also lauded the play of a few of his young players. He added, "De Anna and Mariah both had probably their best games of the season and several others continue to improve in new positions, especially Kyla Hughes. She's made leaps I'm terms of her positioning. Keely King also steppes up and brought a more stable performance in goal."
Now at 5-0 on the year, they will be back on the pitch on Saturday for a matchup with another group of Tigers, from Dakota Weselyan University. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. at home on Saturday.