Second half proves key as Eagles push past SBU

Taylor Vanderford works to take the lead against Southern Baptist University Sept. 7. Photo by Jenny Rigney.

Taylor Vanderford works to take the lead against Southern Baptist University Sept. 7. Photo by Jenny Rigney.

After a scoreless first half, senior Ante Sunic broke the stalemate with his first two goals of the season, leading the Oklahoma Christian University men’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Southwestern Baptist University on Thursday.

A penalty kick goal proved to be the deciding factor in the game, as Sunic scored in the 67th minute, putting the Eagles up 1-0.

Senior Cody Cook added on to the Eagles lead, scoring from 30-yards out in the 69th minute on an assist from Sunic.

“I’d been waiting for this for the past three games,” Sunic said. “It felt great, relieving.”

Sunic scored his second goal of the night in the 70th minute, 20-yards out on the right side with assists by freshman Chandler Parrish and senior Evan Helker.

Despite a Bearcat goal in the 86th minute, the Eagles held the 3-1 lead, earning their second win of the season. The Eagles outshot the Bearcats 14-12, with six of those on goal.

“We know what we have to do, and we did that tonight,” Sunic said. “We have to just try and do it again on Saturday. We have to take the energy from tonight’s second half and that will be enough.”

The Eagles will face the Harding University Bison on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Eagle Soccer Field.

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