MOORE OK—Back on Aug.8, the Central Christian College of Kansas women's soccer team was picked by a coaches' poll to finish eighth out of the 10 teams in conference. After their tight 1-0 victory over the Evangels of Mid-America Christian University Friday night, they moved into a two-way tie with Texas Wesleyan for first place in the conference, with a conference record of 4-1 and an overall record of 9-4.
It was a fairly even game, as both teams were able to create multiple chances throughout the game but were unable to convert for the most part. The Tigers were actually outshot by the Evangels in the game 11 to 12, but only four of the Evangels' shots were on goal, while the Tigers has 6 shots on goal. The Tigers thought they had taken the lead late in the first half when a shot by Alexa Riddle went over the goalkeeper and found its way into the net. Unfortunately, the ball had actually hit the crossbar of the football field goal posts, and then bounced into the net. The game would remain scoreless until around 15 minutes left, when Mariah Godinez would collect a pass headed to her by Lisette Whiteside and loop it over the Evangel goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead. The Evangels would make a push for a late equalizer, but Tiger goalie Charis Ball was up to the task as she was able to make two saves to close out the game.
"I'm happy with the way we fought for this win," Coach Scott Fogartycommented after the game. "They've always been sort of a scary team for us in that they always give us problems. MACU is a tough team to break down and they're very physical in midfield. We had to make an adjustment halfway through the first half and once we did that, we started moving the ball a bit better and preventing them from breaking through the middle. It's also nice to get scoring from multiple sources throughout the season. We're learning to trust each other as a team to score instead of relying on one or two players."
The Lady Tigers will be back in action on Saturday with a non-conference matchup against the 4th place team in the KCAC, Tabor College. That match is set for a 3 p.m. kickoff in Hillsboro, KS.