They say "all good things must come to an end", and that was true for the Central Christian College men's and women's soccer teams on Saturday. Both Tiger teams hosted the Dakota Wesleyan University Tigers, and both saw their winning streaks snapped.
The Central Tiger women opened the day with a 4-1 loss to the DWU Tigers. They scored first, getting on the board when Alyssa Emery lofted a ball over the outstretched arm of the DWU net minder off of a double assist from Alexa Riddle and Brandalyn Porter. DWU got the equalizer late in the first half, then scored three more times in the second half, to run away with the game.
Statistically, it was a very close game. DWU had one more total shots, and two more shots on goal than their CCCK counter parts. They also won the cornerkick battle 3-2. Charis Ball was in net again for the Tigers. She faced eight shots on goal from the DWU ladies, and she turned away four of them.
Coach Fogarty summed up the loss saying, "That was a lesson in losing the ball in midfield and counter-attacking. All four of their goals came directly from us losing the ball in midfield and led directly to their goals. I don't know if we believed in the hype that we've built up around ourselves because of our start to the season but I am thankful we learned this lesson now before this upcoming week and our conference schedule."
Fogarty went on to add, "We have to regroup and bounce back and we'll have to do it in a hurry, with Hastings and Bellevue next on the schedule."
As he alluded to, it doesn't get any easier for the Tigers. They will host the #22 ranked team in the NAIA, the Hastings College Broncos on Wednesday, and then head to the always tough Bellevue University Bruins next Saturday.
For the men, they also had not lost yet in 2018. They had their best start in program history, beginning the season with six straight wins. Unfortunately they couldn't make it 7 in a row as they lost a heart breaker to Dakota Wesleyan 1-0.
The CCCK men outshot DWU 16 to 17, and had the advantage in shots on goal 7 to 2. Unfortunately, Central couldn't make the most of their opportunities while their counterparts the DWU Tigers made the most of theirs. The DWU Tigers' Pedro Lopez got in behind the Central defense on a ball from Julian Mole. He slotted the ball past the keeper to put his team up 1-0 in the 36thminute of the opening half. It would turn out standing as the game winner. Antonio Ramirez Villa played all 90 minutes between the pipes. He faced only 2 shots on goal, and came away with 1 save.
"Full credit goes to DWU tonight," said Central head coach Aaron Hoxie. "They came in and battled us and got themselves a win. This game is funny because you can play well and still lose. I thought we were really sound defensively all day. We limited them to mostly nothing and they were really not able to do anything outside of turning pressure into attacking chances. The goal they scored was extremely lucky. There is no way Andres trips over the ball in that space the rest of his life. It's nearly impossible. Again, that's the sport we love."
Hoxie went on to add, "At the other end, I thought we were creative and really had them on the back foot, especially in the 2nd half. Their backline and GK were the reason why they won the game. Simply put, they were the difference tonight. Despite that, we still had two Pk shots not given, a wide open shank at the back step, and another missed 1v1. We are getting there, we just need a bit of quality in those moments."
He concluded by adding, "We grew up tonight. We needed to be challenged and pushed. In a sadistic weird sorry of way we needed to lose. At half time I challenged the team to cut the crap and focus on playing. They did for 44:59 seconds. I am proud of them because they rose to the challenge and proved that they can play. I love their attitudes and bond! Good things are still coming for us!"
With the loss, the Tigers are 6-1 on the year. They will be back on the pitch Tuesday evening for a matchup with the Randall University Saints. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.