The CCC soccer teams travelled south to Bethany, Oklahoma for an MCAC match up with Southwestern Christian University. The Tigers had high aspirations for the trip, but unfortunately those aspirations were dashed by the Eagles in two tough contests.
The Tiger women found themselves in a battle from the first whistle. The Eagles got on the board first in the 13th minute of the first half. They scored their second goal in the 27th minute and took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break. The Tigers woke up after the intermission getting on the board in the 50th minute. Krystina Powell found the back of the net off of a pass from freshman Casey Kopang. Powell's goal was her 12th of the season.
The next 30 minutes was some of the most exciting soccer of the season for the Lady Tigers as they fought back against the Eagles, trying to tie the game up. The Tigers fought valiantly, but in the 81st minute the Eagles got an insurance goal and the Tigers were defeated 3-1. Twila Smedley was in goal again for the Tigers. Smedley faced 14 shots on goal and turned away 11 of them. The Tiger offense had a nice night coming away with 6 shots on goal. Coach Reimer summed things up saying, "We struggled in the first half but really came out to play in the second. It was an exciting 2nd half with the game at 2-1"
The Tigers will wrap up their season on Saturday when they make the long trip north to Forest City, Iowa for their final conference game with Waldorf College.
For the Tiger men, they were hoping to end the Eagles' 3 year win streak over them. The Tigers had their chances, but in the end the Eagles overcame the Tigers 2-1 in overtime. It was the 6th time that 90 minutes wasn't enough to decide things for the Tigers. They are now 2-2-2 in overtime games this season.
The Eagles and Tigers played the first 45 minutes to a 0-0 tie. Five minutes into the second half, the Tigers struck when Ronnie Rocha found the back of the net off of a pass from Gunnar Kelly that was "flicked" to Rocha for the score. The Tigers held the lead until the 70th minute when the Eagles scored the equalizer. The game remained tied for the rest of regulation and the game went into overtime. Two minutes into the first overtime the game was over when the Eagles broke down the Tigers and scored the game winner.
Alex Akrawi was in goal for the Tigers. Akrawi faced 11 shots on goal and came away with 9 saves. The Tiger offense had several opportunities coming up with 6 shots on goal but only found the back of the net once. Coach Hoxie commented on the loss saying, "Tough loss as I thought we were in line to at least take a point from it. We did enough to do that, but couldn't convert enough chances. Ultimately, we lost concentration at the wrong time and were mad to pay. The result makes Saturday's game vs Waldorf a must win if we are to qualify for 4th in the conference, assuming CBC loses to OKWU."
With the loss, the Tigers fell to 8-7-2 on the season. The regular season ends for the Tigers on Saturday on the road at Waldorf. The Tigers still have a hope of making the MCAC conference tournament if they can defeat the Vikings on Saturday, and the CBC Mustangs lose to Oklahoma Wesleyan. Game time for the Tigers and Vikings is set for 7:30 pm.