A lack of offense led the Oklahoma Christian University men’s soccer team to a 2-1 loss to Newman University on Thursday, followed by a 2-0 loss on Saturday to Rogers State University.
Newman’s Tommy Fiszel scored 56 seconds into Thursday’s game to put early pressure on the Eagles.
Senior Cody Cook managed to tie the game for the Eagles in the 53rd minute, when his free kick from the right wing bounced off of a Newman defender and into the net.
The game’s outcome was decided when Newman’s Ed Jabbari won a loose ball and took the open shot past Eagle goalkeeper Evan Helker to lift the Jets 2-1 in the Heartland Conference opener.
Oklahoma Christian could not generate any continuous offense, finishing with eight shots to Newman’s 16. Helker ended the game with five saves for the Eagles.
The start to Heartland Conference play continued as the Eagles faced Rogers State on Saturday at Soldier Field.
During the Eagles’ Saturday’s game at Rogers State University, Oklahoma Christian managed seven shots, with a shutout in the second half, against Roger State’s 20 shots. The refs gave senior Troy Tippeconnic a red card in the 52nd minute.
In the 27th minute, Rogers State’s Kevin Kwarteng scored from six yards out to put the Hillcats ahead by one, followed by Jordan Watson from about 25 yards out in the 53rd minute to pull away 2-0.
Helker made eight saves, while Cody Gammil for the Hillcats had four.
The Lady Eagles split their games against Texas A&M International University on Thursday and St. Mary’s University on Saturday, 4-1 and 1-0 respectively.
Oklahoma Christian recorded a season high for both goals and shots against Texas A&M International, along with the most goals for the Lady Eagles since 2013.
Junior Madeline Roseke, sophomore Rubi Villegas, freshman Kylee Ingalls and senior Amanda Cooper all scored for the Lady Eagles, as the team posted a 32-8 shooting advantage.
Even with the aggressive approach, it still took Ingalls getting a bounce off the post to score the first goal in the 31st minute.
The Lady Eagles’ second goal came in the 31st minute when Roseke tapped the ball past the Dustdevils’ goalkeeper Kiyanna Lopez, scoring her first goal since 2014.
The only goal for Texas A&M International came in the 36th minute, when Cio Bargello chipped an 18-footer over Oklahoma Christian goalkeeper sophomore Carina Schanz.
Roseke drew a foul from the Dustevils’ Ana Jeronimo in the penalty box during the 55th minute, giving the Lady Eagles a penalty kick. Lopez blocked Villegas’ first attempt, but the rebound came back and allowed Villegas to put it away, giving Oklahoma Christian a 2-1 lead.
Ingalls headed in a free kick from midfield during the 73rd minute, followed by a deflected corner kick hit in by Cooper in the 86th minute.
Schanz finished the game with five saves for the Lady Eagles, while Lopez had 10 for the Dustdevils.
Despite Thursday’s victory, a disputed foul call led to an overtime 1-0 to St. Mary’s for the Lady Eagles on Saturday.
A call over jersey-pulling put Oklahoma Christian led to St. Mary’s capitalizing on a quick goal in the 107th minute, lifting the Rattlers to a 1-0 victory.
The 23‑12 shot count of the game leaned in St Mary’s favor.
Villegas saw two chances to put the Lady Eagles up, in the 61st minute the Rattler’s goalkeeper deflected the first using her fingertips and in the 85th minute she shot from 10-feet out, but it hit the crossbar and bounced off.
“We knew going into this week we had some tough games but we just have to shake off tonight and look forward,” said Cooper. “We have a lot more games ahead and we are going to be ready.”
St. Mary’s limited the Lady Eagles to only two shots during the extra time and none after the first four minutes. Schanz made six saves on the night for Oklahoma Christian.
The men return home to play St. Mary’s University on Thursday and Texas A&M International University on Saturday. The Lady Eagles will host their last non-conference game against Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday.