Lady Eagles prepare for playoff run
Friday, October 26, 2007
By Tracy Washam
a historic 2006 season in which they won 17 games and went undefeated
during the regular season, the Lady Eagle’s soccer team had an
unexpectedly rough campaign in 2007.
Despite the disappointing regular season, the Lady Eagles can still
meet their goal of reaching the NAIA National Tournament for the second
straight year by winning the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament.
“The season has definitely had some twists, but I have confidence in
my teammates that we can pull through and turn things around in the SAC
tournament,” senior Kristin Brown said.
Although the Lady Eagles have had a rough season, they aren’t
disappointed. In fact, they have very high expectations for the
upcoming SAC tournament, and have no doubt that they could do very
“I’ve been really impressed with the attitude of our team,” senior
Taryn Caylor-Kingery said. “We have continued to hold our heads high
and show pride, despite some unfortunate losses.
“Right now we are just going to work hard in our practices and to give it our best shot in the remaining games we may have.”
The team is going back over their system in practices and doing a lot
of repetition. The Lady Eagles are also getting ready mentally and each
player has her own role to fulfill as the team’s chemistry is at a
“The team’s chemistry is great. We have an incredibly supportive and
encouraging team. Everyone has found their role and brings something
special to the table,” Brown said.
The Lady Eagles are 5-9-2 on the regular season after tying in the
final game of regular season play last Saturday against Southern
Nazarene University. The tie puts the Lady Eagles at 3-5-1 in the SAC
and makes them the No. 7 seed for the conference tournament.
The Lady Eagles will face No. 2 seed Oklahoma City University in the
quarterfinals of the tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
In their regular season meeting, Oklahoma City defeated Oklahoma Christian 3-0 despite being out-shot by the Lady Eagles.
The winner of the contest will face either No. 3 seed Rogers State
University, or No. 6 seed Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
“I expect everyone to practice 100 percent this week and to be
prepared for a tough game on Saturday,” Brown said. “I’m not ready for
the season to be over, so I fully expect us to come out and take care
Brown has put together one of the most successful careers in
Oklahoma Christian soccer history. She leads the Lady Eagles in goals
this year with seven and has amassed 51 goals for her career, placing
her three goals behind Piper Coalson for the most goals scored in a
From this point on, the Lady Eagles are in a must-win situation. One
loss will end their season and hopes for a return to the national
It will be an emotional time for the seniors, as every game they play
may be their last, but they hope that situation won’t come too soon.
“Right now, we are only focused on our game for Saturday because if
we lose, we are done,” Caylor-Kingery said. We don’t want to be done
yet. This could be our last game and for us seniors may be the last
game of our career.”