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Lady Eagles split games; men drop two

The Oklahoma Christian University women’s soccer team broke an 11-game losing streak Oct. 12, beating St. Mary’s University 2-1 in their first game at home since Sept. 21.

The Lady Eagles avenged an earlier loss against the Rattlers, which ended in double overtime. This was Oklahoma Christian’s first win since the season opener Aug. 31 and their first conference win of the season.

In the 26th minute, senior Courtney Nixon scored her third goal of the season off a converted penalty kick to give the Lady Eagles a 1-0 lead.

“We all know what our record is, but we don’t feel that it properly represents all the hard work and change we have put in this season,” Nixon said. “We tell ourselves every day to keep our heads up and the results will come. We talk about the mistakes we make in the past games and figure out a way to fix them so we don’t make the same mistake again.”

St. Mary’s answered in the 28th minute to even the game at 1-1.

It was not until the 87:33 mark that senior Chelsea Key hit a pass from Nixon into the goal to take a 2-1 lead.

The Lady Eagles were outshot 22-15 on the game for shots. Sophomore Addison Milner only made two saves despite the difference in shots taken.

In the second game of their two games back home, the Lady Eagles lost their second game of the season to Texas A&M International University 2-0 Oct. 14.

Oklahoma Christian gave up a goal in the 33rd minute and another in the 61st.

Despite the score not reflecting it, the shot advantage was 18-15 for Texas A&M International.

Milner added five saves to her Heartland Conference leading total, now sitting at 101 for the season.

Heartland Conference named Nixon the Eagle of the Week for helping Oklahoma Christian win their first game in over a month by scoring the first goal and assisting on the second.

“Being named Eagle of the Week felt very rewarding,” Nixon said. “It gets me motivated to finish out my last season strong and to just play for my girls.”

The Oklahoma Christian men’s soccer team traveled to Wichita, KS to play Newman University. The Eagles split the season series with Newman following a 2-0 loss.

The Eagles outshot the Jets, 9-8 on the game, but the Jets converted two of their shots, one in the 22nd minute and another in the 61st to take the lead.

Junior Gianluca Marchetti had one save on the game.

Following their loss to Newman, the Eagles travelled to Wichita Falls, TX to play against Midwestern State University, who ranks third in the NCAA Division II coaches rankings, where they fell 1-0 Oct. 14.

The game remained scoreless in the first half. Until the 55th minute, when the Mustangs took a 1-0 lead.

Midwestern outshot Oklahoma Christian 11-2 on the game. Marchetti made three saves.

The Lady Eagles will be back on the road to face St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, while the men’s team will face Dallas Baptist University at home Oct. 19. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

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