MANHATTAN—The conditions were right for a Thunder upset, but the Central Christian College Men's Soccer team was able to rise above and secure the 10-2 victory on Tuesday.
It was a steamy 95 degrees out on the turf at Frank Anneberg Park, and the Tigers were without a couple key players due to injury.
"It's always difficult to play coach," Tigers Head Coach Aaron Hoxie said about Thunder's head coach Rick Wright. "He got his guys set up and they always present a challenge each and every game. Even today's game had difficult moments. I am happy that my guys were patient and played with the energy needed."
The Tigers came out blazing with five goals on either side of half. It did take them about 20 minutes to sort out the Thunder line, but once the first goal crossed the line, goal No. 2 and 3 weren't far behind. The Thunder made it interesting when they drew a penalty, which was slotted away to make it 3-1. That was as close as it gets for the Thunder as the Tigers ran off with two more right before half.
The second half was an onslaught. It was very difficult for the Thunder to get out of their own half. It got worse as the second unit for the Tigers extended the lead, and fatigue set in. With five goals already in the half and 10 in the game, the last few minutes was played at a snail's pace, hoping the time would tick off. In the end, the Tigers secure their second win of the season and will transition the team to face Sterling Friday night under the lights.