The Oklahoma Christian University men’s soccer team broke their three-game losing streak Sept. 21 as they beat division rival Newman University 1-0 at home.
Freshman Sebastian Capkovic scored the only goal for either team in the 18th minute, beating a defender one-on-one for a shot from 15 feet out.
More than 30 minutes of play took place in the midfield, where referees handed out four yellow cards, one for Oklahoma Christian and three for Newman, as the Eagles held on to win their first game in conference play.
Oklahoma Christian outshot the Jets 6-2 in the first half, but lost the shot advantage in the end 10-8 on the game.
Junior Gianluca Marchetti had seven saves.
The second game of the week for the Eagles saw them play against Rogers State University, another Heartland Conference opponent, in a contest ending in a 1-1 draw in double overtime at home.
Rogers State’s goal in the 23rd minute of play was the only goal in the first half out of a combined eight shots for both teams, five for Oklahoma Christian and three for the Hillcats.
Senior Anthony Buchanan tied up the game on a shot at the 76:58 mark to score Oklahoma Christian’s only goal despite outshooting Rogers State 18-12 for the game, including 6-4 in the overtime periods.
Marchetti added another four saves to his season total of 34. Oklahoma Christian now sits at 3-3-1 on the season.
The Heartland Conference recognized Marchetti as the defensive player of the week for his performances against Newman and Rogers State. His 34 saves land him third in the conference in saves, second in saves per game with a 4.86 average and fourth in shutouts.
The Lady Eagles traveled to Laredo, TX Sept. 21 to play against Texas A&M International University, where they fell in overtime 2-1.
After an early goal by the Dustdevils, Oklahoma Christian evened up the game in the second half. Junior Darrian Palacios forced the game into overtime with her goal in the 68th minute.
Texas A&M outshot the Lady Eagles 15-14, 2-0 in overtime, on their way to a win in the first two minutes of extra time.
Sophomore Addison Milner added three saves to her Heartland Conference leading season total.
“It feels good to be leading,” Milner said. “Hopefully I can keep doing my job while we keep improving. The next step is keeping the ball in mid and the other side of the field for longer each game.”
In their second road game of their six-game trip, the Lady Eagles struck first against St. Mary’s University but could not score again as they dropped their seventh straight game 2-1 in San Antonio, TX.
In her second game of the season, freshman Corina Marin gave the Lady Eagles a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute of play for her first career goal.
“It was incredible,” Marin said. “I didn’t even realize it had gone in until my team started yelling and running towards me. Then it just turned into a celebration.”
The Rattlers outshot the Lady Eagles 18-8, 10-2 following halftime and scored off a free kick in the 61st minute to tie the game up 1-1.
After a no one scoring in the first overtime period, Oklahoma Christian ended the game by scoring on themselves at the 102:24 mark, dropping the Lady Eagles to 1-7 on the season and 0-5 in conference play.
Milner had eight saves, bringing her total up to 57.
“We are getting better as a team each week,” Milner said. “We just need to keep working hard and playing hard and eventually things will come together.”
Both teams will swap opponents Sept. 28, as the Eagles travel to San Antonio to play St. Mary’s and the Lady Eagles continue their road trip to Claremore, OK to play Rogers State. Both games kickoff at 7 p.m.