SILOAM SPRINGS, AR—The Central Christian College of Kansas women's soccer team were put against their toughest opponent on the year in John Brown University for the first round of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament. The Golden Eagles came to McPherson just two weeks ago, taking down the Tigers on Senior Day 7-0 for their worst loss of the year. Unfortunately, the Tigers weren't able to figure out the Eagles, as they fell 5-0 on Friday evening.
John Brown took control of the game early on and didn't let go, possessing the ball for the majority of the game and creating a flurry of scoring chances all game long. For the match, the Eagles took 34 shots with 14 of those shots on goal, as well as 15 corner kicks. In comparison, the Tigers only took two shots with one shot on goal, and did not have a corner kick.
The scoring got started in the 24th minute when JBU had a shot blocked right in front of the Tiger net, and JBU's players reacted first and fired a volley into the goal from close distance. The Eagles would feel the momentum and push forward, scoring again six minutes later off a corner kick. Then immediately after the next kickoff, the Eagles would tack on their third of the half. Taking a 3-0 lead into the second half, it would be more of the same for the Eagles, scoring again off a corner kick, as well as force the Tigers into an own goal, finishing out the game at a 5-0 score.
While it was not the result that the Tigers and Coach Scott Fogarty were looking for, they have to be proud of the highest conference finish from any of the team sports since moving to the Sooner Athletic Conference. The Lady Tigers will now turn their focus to the NCCAA Regional Tournament, to push for a spot in the NCCAA National Tournament. Central will be hosting the Regional Tournament for the women's games, with teams and times to be determined at a later time.