In a game that saw a total of 19 saves and 47 shot attempts, the final outcome of the Oklahoma Christian University women’s soccer team’s season opener came down to a single goal.
The Lady Eagles kicked off their 2016 season with a 1-0 win over East Central University in Ada, Okla. on Thursday night.
Head Coach Randall Robison said he thought the girls performed well with the stress of a first game.
“The first few minutes were a bit disconnected,” Robison said. “We looked nervous, but once we settled down, we possessed the ball consistently in the first half.”
Kylee Ingalls scored the only goal of the game came in the 14th minute, with an assist from Sophia Brazil, giving the freshman her first career goal.
The Lady Eagles took 30 shots during the game, 11 of those on goal. Robison said he was pleased with the way the first half began, but saw some improvements that could be made in the second half of the game.
“I was happy with the way we moved the ball and executed in the first half, keeping East Central University in a defensive posture,” Robison said. “The second half lacked the efficiency that we began with, but left with a win which is all that matters in the end.”
Carina Schanz had nine saves for the Eagles, stopping every shot made on goal from East Central.
“Our midfielders controlled the center of the field and our front-runners were dangerous all game,” Robison said. “Moving forward, we will need to maintain quality, efficient play for 90 minutes. We were good tonight, but still have work to do.”
The Lady Eagles will play their first home game this Saturday at 5 p.m. against Northeastern State University.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.