In a game that saw 40 shot attempts, 12 saves and boasted a crowd of 275 fans, the Oklahoma Christian University men’s soccer team pulled off its first win of the year at its season home opener.
After suffering a loss in their first game of the season last Thursday, the Eagles responded with a 4-2 win over the Southern Nazarene University Crimson Storm on Saturday at the Eagle Soccer Field.
The Eagles took an early lead, scoring back-to-back goals 11 and 12 minutes into the game by junior Seth Brown and senior Cole Rinke. Brown’s goal, assisted by the senior goalkeeper, Evan Helker, helped the Eagles gain an energy that lasted the entire first half.
Towards the end of the half, the Crimson Storm scored a goal off of a free kick outside the front of the Eagles’ box, making the score 2-1.
“The free kick definitely changed the momentum in the game,” Helker said. “But, I think we stayed calm and were able to push through.”
A last minute goal by Brown, assisted by senior Cody Cook, gave the Eagles a 3-1 lead at the end of the first half.
Twelve minutes into the second half, a Crimson Storm player blasted a shot from 12 yards out, changing the score to 3-2. However, junior Clay Collier placed a cross by junior Cody McLemore into the back of the net with his head, 8 yards out from the goal, making the score 4-2.
The Eagles maintained the lead the rest of the game, securing them their first first win of the season.
Oklahoma Christian will face Southwest Baptist University at 7 p.m. at home on Thursday.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.