Against former NAIA rival Oklahoma Baptist University, the Oklahoma Christian University men’s soccer team fell 2-1 after starting their season off 2-0 for the first time since the 2013 season on September 7th.
Early on in the game, the Bison attacked the Eagle’s defense with multiple close shots. One of which converted into a goal by Martin Romero from the right side at the 13th minute.
Six minutes later, freshman Sebastian Capkovic kicked the ball out to sophomore Jaiden van der Heijden, who knocked in the 25-foot shot to tie the game 1-1.
Oklahoma Christian failed to stop the shots from the Bison and, after several more attempts throughout the first half, a 25-footer managed to slide in on the left side of the net from Thiago Dos Santos. The goal at 42:38 was the final goal for either team.
During the second half, the Eagles outshot the Bison, 7-5, with a 12-11 advantage on the game, but were unable to score again. Junior goalkeeper Gianluca Marchetti had a total of five saves.
Throughout the game, the referee issued nine yellow cards, five for Oklahoma Christian and four for Oklahoma Baptist.
The Lady Eagles fell to 1-2 after a nine-minute stretch that led to three goals for Lubbock Christian University on September 7th.
The first half had Oklahoma Christian fall behind in shots, as the Lady Chaparrals took 11-3 shots within the period.
This trend continued into the second half as they took the shot advantage further to 27-6 by the end of the game. Only one of those shots were on goal for Oklahoma Christian, while Lubbock Christian had 13.
The Lady Eagles had the advantage in saves, 10-1, all of which were by sophomore goalkeeper Addison Milner.
Milner could not stop the three goals which came between the 64th and 72nd minutes, leading to a deficit that Oklahoma Christian could not make up, as they fell 3-0 and are now 0-1 in conference play.
The Lady Eagles’ second game in the week had them facing cross-town rival, University of Central Oklahoma, which with a 5-1 final score, resulted in their fourth loss of the season.
The Bronchos took the lead early and never looked back. Oklahoma Christian defenders could not respond as they scored five unanswered goals.
Oklahoma Christian failed to limit Central Oklahoma’s shots and lost that battle 18-10. Milner had five saves on the game, compared to three for the Bronchos.
Freshman Brianna Concienne found sophomore Kylee Ingalls, who knocked in an 8-footer for her first goal of the season. This was also the first goal Oklahoma Christian has scored against Central Oklahoma in eight competitions.
This loss puts the Lady Eagles at 1-3 on the season thus far.
“We are going through a lot of transition right now,” Ingalls said. “Even though we’ve ended up with a loss in the last two games, we made some changes and showed improvement, which is ultimately what we want to do.”
The end of the week saw Ingalls named as Eagle of the Week for the second week of school. She is the second soccer player to receive the award, following freshman Chandler Parrish last week.
“It feels really good to get it,” Ingalls said. “I just kind of happened to be the right person at the right time I guess. I couldn’t have gotten to that point without my team.”
The men’s soccer team will be traveling to Portales, NM to take on Eastern New Mexico University, while the Lady Eagles will remain in town to face Dallas Baptist University both on Thursday.