From MACU Sports Information
WOMEN – Lady Evangels strike in overtime
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Mid-America Christian University Lady Evangels secured their most impressive win in program history with a 2-1 overtime victory over the previously undefeated and No. 4-ranked Oklahoma City University Starts in their Sooner Athletic Conference opener Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 2) at MACU Soccer Field. With the win, the Lady Evangels denied OCU head Coach Brian Harvey his milestone 300th victory.
The win is the Lady Evangels’ first over a top-five NAIA ranked opponent since joining the NAIA.
With the match tied at 1-1, Kassie Byrd found a streaking Chelsea Swisher down the left side to set up a one-on-one opportunity with the keeper and Swisher punched it in 4:59 into the first overtime period for the victory.
Byrd had given the Lady Evangels (6-4, 1-0 SAC) the lead by putting in a cross from Julia Nimal at the 50:44 mark.
OCU (8-1, 1-1 SAC) then battled back to tie the score seven minutes later on a score from Allie Glazner.
The Lady Evangels overcame a 26-19 shots deficit and were also out-shot 15-5 on-goal, but Melissa Dobie limited OCU offensively with 14 saves.
Byrd and Nimal each led the Lady Evangels with seven shots, while Meghan McMahon had a match-high 10 shots for the Stars.
The Lady Evangels will look to build on this landmark victory by playing at Rogers State University on Friday evening (Oct. 5) at 6 p.m. in Claremore, Okla.
MEN – Late goal allows Oklahoma City to slip past MACU
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City University Stars struck late in the second half to snap a scoreless tie and went on to a 1-0 win over the Mid-America Christian University Evangels in the Evangels’ Sooner Athletic Conference opener Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 2) at MACU Soccer Field.
The Stars’ goal was scored by Adam Black as Black found the net from 20 yards out on the left side in the 73rd minute of action.
The shot count reflected how close of a match it was, as the Stars narrowly out-shot the Evangels 19-17 overall and 9-7 on-goal.
MACU (6-3, 0-1 SAC) was led by Raphael Bonelle’s four shots, while Black tallied a match-high six shots for OCU (6-2-3, 1-1 SAC).
Tyler McIntosh made eight saves in the net for the Evangels and OCU’s Jalen Howard stopped all seven shots-on-goal he faced.
The Evangels will look to stop their three-game skid at Rogers State University on Friday night (Oct. 5) at 8 p.m. in Claremore, Okla.
Levi Convirs is the Sports Information Director at Mid-America Christian University.