North Newton — The Central Christian College men's soccer team completed the sweep of the Bethel College Threshers on Saturday night. After the CCC women dispatched the Lady Threshers 2-0 in the opener, the Tiger men followed suit by defeating Bethel 3-2 in double overtime.
The Tigers got on the board first in the third minute of the game, when senior midfielder Oscar Gudino hit a beautiful free kick over the Thresher wall and into the top left corner of the goal.
The Tigers continued to play solid for much of the first half, dominating the time of possession. However, with just three minutes to go until halftime, they fouled the Threshers just past midfield. The Threshers played a deep ball into the goal box, and the Tiger defense tried to clear the ball, but as goalkeeper Antonio Ramirez Villa came out to make a play on the ball, one of his defensemen in front of him inadvertently headed the ball into the wide open net resulting in an own goal.
After playing to a 1-1 draw in the first half, the second half was much of the same. The Tigers controlled much of the possession while the Threshers looked to counter attack, and send balls in behind the Tiger defense from distance. In the 77 minute, Joshua Taylor broke the tie when he hit a "banger" from about 35 yards out, assisted by Oscar Pizano and Gabriel Flores. Unfortunately, a little over two minutes later the Tigers fouled the Threshers just outside the 18 yard box. Ramirez-Villa made a spectacular save on the initial free kick, but the ball bounced right to another Thresher player who hammered it home to knot the game up at two.
The game remained tied at the end of regulation, so the teams prepared for sudden death overtime. Neither team was able to crack the code in the first 10 minute overtime session, so another 10 minute session commented.
Early in the second overtime period. Ramirez-Villa came up with a huge save, diving to his right on a ball that was heading toward the side netting. Moments later, the Matthew Massey ended the game with another 35 yard "banger", assisted by David Martinez-Salinas and Joshua Taylor.
The Tigers outshot the Threshers 22-11 and had three more shots on goal. Ramirez-Villa faced six shots on goal and came away with five saves in earning the win in goal.
”Great resilience from the guys tonight,” head coach Aaron Hoxie said. “I loved their work ethic and commitment to endure. They competed like crazy and earned the victory. We had three bangers today, which was sorely needed, because we were really struggling in the attacking third. We got just enough of that extra something to take us through the day. Congrats to all these kids for their efforts."
The Tigers will be back in action on Wednesday on the road against inner-city rival McPherson College. The men's game will be at 7:00 pm following the women's game.