The Central Christian College men's soccer team extended the current winning streak to five games with a 7-0 win at home on Saturday over the Ozark Christian College Ambassadors.
On Friday night against the Presentation Saints, the Tigers played a little flat for about 55 minutes. When the Saints tied the game at one early in the second half, the Tigers got a bit of a wake-up call. They responded by playing with a renewed sense on purpose and intensity, scoring four goals in the final 35 minutes of the game to run away from the Saints 5-1.
They carried that momentum into the Saturday afternoon matchup with OCC. The Ambassadors are a NCCAA DII, non scholarship, team from Joplin, Missouri. This was their first game of the season, and their lack of match experience showed early. The Tigers had no lag from playing less than 24 hours earlier. They jumped on the Ambassadors early, scoring two goal in the first three minutes of the game. They added five more goals in the half, taking a 7-0 lead into the intermission.
Coach Hoxie chose to rest his starters in the second half, giving his bench players some valuable playing time and giving the coaching staff a chance to evaluate their bench in live game action. The reserves did their job defensively, holding the Ambassadors scoreless in the second half, but on the offensive end of the field, they were unable to put up any more goals on the scoreboard.
The seven Tiger goals were scored by Lucas Chirife, Leslie Feh, Matias Nunez, Juan Adrian Lopez, Matias Crespo, and Cole Housh. Four of the seven goals had assists attached to them, recorded by Andres Silva, Felipe da Costa Evengelista, Chirife, and Jordi Chavez.
The Tiger dominated the play, outshooting the Ambassadors 29-2. They placed 15 of those shots on frame while the Ambassadors were unable to put any of their shot on goal.
"It was a good game from all of the team today!," said Central head coach Aaron Hoxie. "I was happy with them because they came out with the same energy and intensity as the 2nd half from the night before. Their defensive pressure was excellent, forcing mistakes, and our goals had assists on them. I thought the guys were really moving well off the ball opening up space all over the place. I am very pleased with the performance."
Hoxie concluded by praising guys that came off the bench in the second half saying, "The second half players had a good game as well. There was no drop off from a defensive perspective. In fact, they limited OCC to no 2nd half chances. I thought their possession was excellent and they created a ton of chances forcing their GK into good saves."
The Tigers will get a couple of days off before taking the pitch again next Tuesday evening when the Barclay College Bears come to town for an 8 pm match up.