A late goal by junior Anthony Buchanan in the second overtime period helped push the Oklahoma Christian University men’s soccer team past Newman University in a 3-2 victory on Thursday.
The win kept the Eagles in contention for the league’s postseason tournament and boosted their divisional record (4-8, 2-6-1 in Heartland Conference play).
The game played out in portions as each team took control of the action for differing stretches. Oklahoma Christian held the advantage for the first 15 minutes before the Jets took the lead to 1-0 in the 22nd minute.
Senior Ante Susic tied up the game at 1-1 for the Eagles in the 36th off of a pass from senior Taylor Vanderford.
In the 63rd minute, Newman scored again to take another lead after Oklahoma Christian defenders failed to clear a loose ball near the goal.
In the 77th minute senior Cody Cook received a pass from Buchanan to the center of the field and shot from six yards out to tie the game up again.
After the standard regulation time ran out, the teams went into their first 10-minute overtime period, which Newman controlled and held the Eagles to no shots.
Oklahoma Christian earned an early free kick in the second overtime. Vanderford took the shot from 35 yards out and it curved after being knocked away by the Jets’ goalkeeper. Junior Braydan Castrop trapped the loose ball and passed it to Buchanan for his game winning goal.
Newman outshot the Eagles 26-17 and senior Evan Helker had seven saves for the Eagles.
The Eagles’ next game against Midwestern State University ended in a 2-0 loss after an offensive first-half for the Mustangs on Saturday.
Midwestern State outshot the Eagles 27-16, with Helker ending the game with nine saves.
The Mustangs scored off of a penalty kick in the 33rd minute for a 1-0 lead. The final score came in the 42nd minute as Helker blocked a shot but didn’t block the follow up.
Oklahoma Christian will visit Dallas Baptist University on Thursday and St. Edwards University on Saturday.
St. Mary’s University pulled ahead in the first five minutes after a penalty kick for a 4-1 victory over Oklahoma Christian to complete a regular-season sweep of the Lady Eagles.
Oklahoma Christian (4-7-2, 2-5-2 Heartland) currently sits in sixth place in the Heartland Conference with eight points, trailing Lubbock Christian University and St. Mary’s, which are tied for third place by nine points with five games remaining.
“I feel so proud of my team,” sophomore Rubi Villegas Aguilar said. “The passion and effort we put into every game will absolutely help us get to where we want to be.”
Oklahoma Christian goalkeeper Carina Schanz finished with six saves for the Lady Eagles.
Despite outshooting the Dustdevils 14-13, the Lady Eagles fell to Texas A&M International University 1-0 on Saturday.
The only goal of the contest was a close shot in the 43rd minute by Texas A&M International’s Mariana Avina.
The Lady Eagles had two goals called back after they were ruled offside by officials.
Oklahoma Christian will play their final two home games of the season against St. Edwards University on Thursday and Dallas Baptist University on Saturday.