MOORE OK—The Central Christian College of Kansas men's soccer team and the Mid-America Christian University men's soccer team came into Thursday night's game on two different trajectories in their season, and those trajectories didn't change. The Evangels would take down the Tigers 3-1, as the Tigers fell to 7-6 (0-5) on the season, yet to win a Sooner Athletic Conference Game. The Evangels improved to 9-2 (4-1) on the year.
It was a tightly contested first half, as both teams were pushing for the first goal to take the momentum. The Tigers would get five shots off in the half, with three of those on goal. The Evangels took eight shots in the first half, with six of them on goal. The Evangels would break through in the 34th minute, picking up a loose ball off a turnover by the Tigers in their own box, and would punish them by putting the ball in the back of the net. The second half would start with the Tigers getting back into the game, with an equalizer from Matias Nunez off the assist from Omar Salgado in the 52nd minute. The Tigers would be unable to hold on to that momentum, however, as 10 minutes later the Evangels would retake the lead 2-1. The Tigers would fight to try and get another equalizing goal, but it wasn't meant to be, as the Evangels would grab an insurance goal in the 88th minute, to put the Tigers away 3-1. The Tigers would only put up three shots in the second half, with the only shot on goal being Nunez's goal. The Evangels would take eight shots, with three on goal.
Coach Aaron Hoxie believed that it was the minor lapses in execution that ultimately did the Tigers in. "We did what we needed to do to win the game today. The guys executed the game plan, played with a high tempo, were composed, but were undone by set pieces and broken plays...again. It's tough considering we could have scored twice in the first half, yet we couldn't take advantage of that momentum. Once they got their legs underneath them, the game leveled out and even grew into their favor. The second half was a bit more of a struggle going forward, despite us scoring. But the guys really got stuck in and made the game hard. The big lesson for today is the lack of execution on the small parts of the game. Unfortunately, they often times end up coming out in big ways."
The Tigers will take a break from conference play, when they head down to Dallas, Texas, on Saturday to take on Southwestern Adventist University. That match is set for a 2 p.m. kickoff.