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Lady Eagles fall short of conference title

Saturday, November 3, 2007  
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By Stefanie Trent

Oklahoma Christian University’s women’s soccer team came up just short in their bid for a second straight Sooner Athletic Conference Championship in a 6-5 loss to Rogers State University.

The Lady Eagles entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed, but beat the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded teams to move into the finals Wednesday afternoon.

“I think we had a really good week of practice, I felt the players were extremely committed to our game plan come rain or shine,” head coach Sean O’Connor said.

Senior Kristin Brown scored two goals tying Oklahoma Christian’s all time scoring record in the loss against Rogers State on Wednesday. Brown now has 54 goals in her career at Oklahoma Christian tying her with Piper Coalson.

Rogers State scored the first two goals giving the Hillcats a 2-0 advantage early but Taryn Caylor-Kingery would strike back for the Lady Eagles cutting the lead in half.

Brown’s goal 33 seconds before halftime cut into Rogers State’s lead and the game went into the half with a score of 3-2.

The Lady Eagles broke the Hillcat’s lead with three consecutive goals after the break making the score 4-3.

With 24:26 left in the game Duncan scored giving the Lady Eagles a two goal cushion, but the lead wouldn’t hold.

Rogers State tied the game at 5-5 with two back-to-back break-away goals and snuck in one more winning the game 6-5.

The loss moves the Lady Eagles record to 7-10-2. At the time of press it was uncertain whether the Lady Eagles would receive a spot in the Region VI Tournament.

In their opening game, Oklahoma Christian upset No. 2 seed Oklahoma City University last Saturday.

Sophomore Stephanie Duncan scored the first goal of the game against Oklahoma City but the Lady Stars answered with eight minutes before the half tying the game 1-1.

The second half remained tied until senior Kristin Brown scored her eighth goal of the season on a penalty kick.

The win was sweet for Oklahoma Christian since in their previous meeting the Lady Eagles lost and scored no goals against Oklahoma City.

“I believe everybody put 110 percent in for 100 percent of the game and it paid off,” Duncan said. “We did not quit or hang our heads, but kept going strong and our work paid off.”

The Lady Eagles clinched their spot in the SAC Championship game with the win over No. 1 seed John Brown Monday afternoon.

Duncan scored two goals and added an assist to help defeat the Lady Golden Eagles.

Duncan scored with an assist from Kacie Hoppe just four minutes into the game, giving the Lady Eagles a quick 1-0 advantage.

Duncan quickly scored again just after John Brown’s goal at the 26:18 mark. Going into the half the score remained 2-1.

John Brown came out firing in the second half and scored in the sixth minute but the tie would not stick.

Caylor-Kingery and Emma Cole contributed with a goal each before the game ended with a win for the Lady Eagles.

“I think we have known all season that we had the talent and ability to play this well and it finally all came together. It finally showed how well we can play,” defender Cassie Tyler said.

O’Connor said the Lady Eagles run to the finals attested to their continuous work.

“I think it is really neat for the players because they never quit and kept believing in themselves,” O’Connor said.

Unlike last season when they won most of the regular season games and then played in the tournament, this team kept practicing and stepping up their game to prove themselves to the other teams.

 

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