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Eagle set records, earn tournament victories

Wednesday, October 24, 2007  
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By Brandon Crews

Many of Oklahoma Christian’s athletic teams are wrapping up their seasons, while others are heading towards the play-offs. The past week in sports for the Eagles and Lady Eagles saw records set and tournaments won.

Sophomore Christian Fernandes tied Oklahoma Christian University’s single game scoring record with five goals in the Eagle’s 6-1 victory over St. Gregory’s University last Saturday. The Brazil native put the Eagles up 2-0 scoring both goals only seconds apart, the first at the 30:53 mark and the second at the 30:24 mark.

St. Gregory’s Oscar Zuleta cut the lead in half putting the Cavaliers on the board just two minutes after Fernandes’ second goal.

Fernandes scored again at the 21:09 mark giving him a hat trick in the first half. The Eagles went into half time leading 3-1.

After the break Fernandes came back just as strong as the first half. He scored two more times giving him five goals and tying the school record for goals scored in a game.

Junior Kyle Spencer scored the last goal of the game at the 15:06 mark.

On Tuesday night the Eagle played Oklahoma Baptist University and took home a 2-1 victory, giving the Eagles their fifth straight win and moving them to 3-1-1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference play.

Sophomore Christian Fernandes scored first on a penalty kick in the eighth minute of the game. Fellow sophomore Ryan Hudgins netted the next goal giving him the first goal in his college career. Hudgins‘ goal put the Eagles up 2-0 at the 22:49 mark.

The Bison were unable to score until the 38th minute cutting the lead to 2-1. The Eagles held their lead until the end of the game with the help of junior goalkeeper Bryan Cochrum who had three saves on the night.

The Eagles take on No. 5 Southern Nazarene University tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

The Lady Eagles soccer team took on No. 15 Bethel College (Tenn.) last Friday night losing by a score of 3-0.

The Lady Eagles out-shot Bethel but were unable to capitalize. Sophomore Kacie Hoppe fired a shot less than two minutes into the contest at Bethel goalkeeper Ugo Opara who tipped the shot out keeping the Lady Eagles off the board.

The Lady Wildcats scored at the 41:09 mark, giving them a 1-0 lead. Bethel scored twice in the second half, once at in the 53rd minute and also in the 67th minute, and held the Lady Eagles at bay the rest of the game.

On Saturday night the Lady Eagles shutout St. Gregory’s by a score of 3-0.

Sophomore Heather Spencer gave the Lady Eagles their first goal at the 15:37 mark with an assist from Taryn Caylor-Kingery giving the Lady Eagles a quick 1-0 advantage.

The next goal came in the second half when Stephanie Duncan scored at the 32:15 mark but the scoring wasn’t over as Caylor-Kingery scored 17 minutes later.

Oklahoma Christian outshot St. Gregory’s 11-3 in their win.

The Lady Eagles fell to Oklahoma Baptist Tuesday night, dropping their record to 5-9-1 overall and 3-5 in SAC standings.

Although Oklahoma Christian out-shot Oklahoma Baptist 12-5, they couldn’t capitalize on any tries. Caylor-Kingery fired a shot 10 feet from goal just before the half, but it was saved with a dive from the Lady Bison’s goalkeeper Amber Butler and the two teams went into the half tied at 0-0.

Oklahoma Baptist’s Marinne Burnham scored just after the break giving the Lady Bison the first goal of the game.

The Lady Eagles made an attempt at a comeback in the final 10 minutes of the game but were unable to capitalize. The loss was the first for the Oklahoma Christian women’s program to the Lady Bison.

The Lady Eagles play Southern Nazarene University at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Oklahoma Christian’s Rhein Gibson and Axel Ochoa tied for first in the Chick-Fil-A College Invitational championship Tuesday held in Rome, Georgia. Gibson and Ochoa tied with a two round total of 139 (-5).

Gibson shot a 67 in the first day of the tournament and came in strong on the second day shooting an even-par 72. Ochoa shot a 68 on Monday and a one-under 71 on Tuesday, equaling his and Gibson’s scores for the tournament.

Teammate Bruno Buccolo finished third in the tournament shooting a 72 on Monday and a 68 on Tuesday. The Eagle’s five players finished in the top five of the tournament beating second place Berry College by 27 strokes.

Fernando Gonzales and Noah Lawson tied for fifth each shooting a 144. The Eagles shot a 283 on Tuesday and ended the tournament with a total score of 559.
Their final tournament of the fall season will be on Oct. 28, when they host the Sleep Inn and Suites Classic.

Oklahoma Christian’s men’s and women’s cross country teams had two runners finish in the top four of the NAIA Mid-States Classic hosted by Southwestern College last Saturday.

Sylvia Chirchir finished second in the women’s race for the Lady Eagles and Jordan Powell finished fourth on the men’s side. Chirchir has finished in the top ten three times this season and Powell has finished in the top-ten twice.

The women placed seventh out of 22 teams competing in the women’s race, while the men placed ninth out of 23 teams.

Freshman Esteban Flores as well as Jennifer Le and her doubles teammate Gabriela Nastasa overcame first round losses to pick up fifth place finishes at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Small College Championships in Mobile, Ala. last Saturday.

A 3-6, 6-3, 10-2 victory in the consolation semifinals advanced Le and Nastasa into the doubles consolation final. The duo snagged fifth place with the match ending 7-6 (3), 7-5. This was the duo’s second straight appearance at the ITA Nationals.

Flores first round loss to top-seeded Mislav Hizak set him back, but he quickly fought back winning the next two matches.

Flores moved on to the consolation finals after beating Timon Reichlet 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. He beat Remy Caffardo in two straight sets 6-1, 6-1 earning him fifth place in the tournament. 

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