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McPherson, Kansas – It has been quite a season for both the Central Christian Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams. Central Christian College of Kansas is thrilled to announce that both teams have qualified for the coveted Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Tournament.
Both teams concluded their regular season on Tuesday, November 2nd. The men’s team ended with a win over Oklahoma City, 2-1 in double overtime thanks to a clutch goal from sophomore Drew Schrader. The team finished with an 8-9-1, 3-5-1 (SAC) record. With a 3-5-1 conference record, the men’s team earned the #8 seed in the 8 team field. They will play Mid-American Christian University (MACU) on November 5th at 7:00 pm in Oklahoma City, OK. This will be the 10th meeting between the two teams with MACU holding the advantage at 7-1-1. The last meeting between the two teams resulted in a 3-2 loss for the Tigers.
Men’s Head Coach, Aaron Hoxie said this about making the tournament,
It’s been a goal of ours all season to get to the conference tournament for consecutive seasons. It was a rough road getting here with 8 of our 9 losses being by one goal but the lessons learned were valuable in our successes. I don’t think the big occasion will phase this group of kids, they are ready for it.MACU is certainly a tough opponent. They are a top team for a reason and their record certainly shows it. However, all of the pressure is on them to win the game because we aren’t supposed to. The conference has been a mess this year with results all over the place. It’s going to be hard but winning isn’t impossible. I keep reminding the boys that the game is currently 0-0, so we are still in it at the moment.
The women’s team completed the year with a win over Oklahoma City, 3-2 ending a historic season. The team finished with a 13-4-1, 5-4 (SAC) record, which earns them one of the best winning percentages in program history and their best finish since joining the SAC. With a 5-4 conference record, the women’s team earned the #5 seed in the 8 team field. The Lady Tigers will play MACU on November 6th at 7:00 pm in Oklahoma City, OK. This will be the 11th meeting between the two teams with MACU holding a slight advantage at 6-4. Earlier this season, the women’s team played MACU at home and lost in a tight contest 3-2.
Women’s Head Coach, Cole Ouren (CC ’07) is ready for the challenge, saying,
The SAC is one of the hardest conferences in the country and qualifying for post-season is a massive honor. Thankfully, we have been able to have some consistent success as this is our 4th consecutive year to qualify for the conference tournament. However, this year is a little more special as we have done by finishing in the top half of the table with a winning record in conference play. This is a massive achievement and all credit goes back to the players!
While we are excited with the success, we also realize the season has started over. With that mindset, we are excited to face MACU. They are a very talented and well coached team with I believe eight 5th year seniors. Due to their experience and just overall talent, they will present some challenges. However, we have a special group of players that have shown just how good they can be. As we head into the match-up, I believe it will be a very even and competitive match-up. The big thing is just taking one step at a time and in that process not taking anything for granted. If we can do that, something exciting will happen.
Throughout the season, the teams put together a number of impressive statistics:
MEN’S SOCCER SEASON STATS
- Scored a total of 41 goals on the year (2.28 gpg) and held opponents to 25 goals (1.39 gpg)
- Outshot their opponents 250-225
- Tallied 37 assists on the year
- Drew Schrader led the team in points (59), goals (14), and tallied 4 assists
- Johnny Rodriguez was 2nd on the team in total points (39), 2nd in goals (9), and tied for the team lead in assists (5)
WOMEN’S SOCCER SEASON STATS
- Scored a total of 48 goals in 16 games played (3 gpg) and held opponents 29 goals (1.81 gpg)
- Outshot opponents 228-175
- Tallied 25 total assists on the year
- Alexa Riddle leads the team in total points (19) with 9 goals and 1 assist in 12 games played
- Rachel Schlagel was 2nd in total points (15), led the team with 5 assists, and tallied 5 goals on the season
- Lizbeth Garcia tallied 59 saves on the year on 83 attempts (71.1%) averaging 1.82 goals against per game
ABOUT CENTRAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OF KANSAS
Central Christian College of Kansas is a regionally accredited institution offering undergraduate and graduate-level programs. Central strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person – heart, mind, soul, and strength. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a strategically small college that offers over forty areas of residential study and a thriving online program for non-traditional students. To learn more about Central go to centralchristian.edu/about. Visit ccctigers.com for all things athletics.