OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 28, 2013) – Scoring golden goals is becoming a good habit for Oklahoma Christian midfielder Ricardo Chinchilla.
After OC had blown a two-goal lead and was forced into overtime, Chinchilla took a pass from Cody Cook and buried the ball into the net in the 99th minute to give the Eagles a 4-3 win over visiting Newman (Kan.) on Monday night.
OC (4-9-1, 2-4 Heartland Conference) can thank Chinchilla for both of its league victories, as the sophomore from Heredia, Costa Rica, also scored the game-winner in overtime in a 4-3 win over Dallas Baptist (Texas) two weeks ago.
The golden goal against Newman (1-14-1, 1-7) capped a terrific night for Chinchilla, who also assisted on two of the Eagles’ first three goals. Cole Rinke had a pair of goals for OC, his first career multiple-goal game as the Eagles outshot Newman 25-17.
“It’s been a tough year,” OC men’s soccer coach David Scott said. “It’s great to have the guys come out and get a result tonight to kind of get the monkey off their back after a tough stretch.
“All credit to the guys for bouncing back after we gave up another tough, late goal. It was just a great ball in from Cody and Ricardo had a fantastic finish to put it away.”
Chinchilla’s first assist was on a goal in the eighth minute by senior Rodgers Otieno, who was playing in his final home game. Otieno’s right-to-left shot beat Newman goalkeeper Robin Allard, who had made a good play to cut off Otieno’s shooting angle.
The Jets evened the score at 1-1 in the 28th minute, when Luca Anelli converted a penalty kick that was awarded after OC goalkeeper Connor Davenport was called for a foul in the penalty box.
But OC quickly regained the lead. In the 35th minute, Chinchilla touched a ball to senior Tom Tippeconnic, who delivered it to Rinke before Rinke scored from about 12 yards out. Three minutes later, Rinke scored again, collecting a loose ball from about 16 yards out and beating Allard to make it 3-1.
“It’s things we’ve been trying to get them to do all year long,” Scott said. “The work rate was great. The ball movement was very good. We did all the little things right that we talked about all season long. We finally kind of put it together for a half.”
Newman rallied in the late stages. Anelli scored an unassisted goal in the 67th minute and in the 85th minute, Jordan Saybounkham came running through the middle of the penalty box to knock home a cross off a free kick by Vitor Okamoto and tie the game.
But Chinchilla’s goal gave the Eagles their third win over the Jets in conference play since OC joined the Heartland before the 2012 season. All three wins have been by one goal and the teams tied 1-1 in a nonconference game earlier this season.
Davenport, also making his last home start, finished with three saves. Allard had eight saves for Newman.