LUBBOCK, Texas (Nov. 4, 2013) – Even in defeat, Oklahoma Christian continued its strong finish to its women’s soccer season on Monday afternoon.
The Lady Eagles went toe-to-toe with conference power Lubbock Christian (Texas) and took the Chaparrals into overtime before falling 1-0 on a goal in the 99th minute by Brie Munoz.
OC (4-12-2, 2-6-1 Heartland Conference) went 2-1 in its final three games of the season, beating Newman (Kan.) and Texas-Permian Basin and fulfilling some of the promise that had eluded them much of the season.
OC coach Randall Robison said Monday’s showing was a fitting sendoff for the team’s three seniors – goalkeeper Chelsie Flagg, forward Somer Helms and midfielder Addie Ryan.
“All three are wonderful young ladies and I wish I could keep them around longer,” Robison said. “I’m very proud of this team and how they ended the season with character, heart and intensity. It gives us a good start on improving for next year.”
LCU (10-7, 7-2) unofficially finished third in the conference based on record. The Chaparrals outshot OC 20-9 but it was the Lady Eagles who came closest to breaking the scoreless deadlock in regulation, as a header by Estefania Bermudez Delgado hit the crossbar in the 68th minute.
The match appeared headed for a second overtime before Lubbock Christian’s Kristin Fellows tipped a pass to Munoz, who scored the game-winning goal.
“It was a great game by both teams today,” Robison said. “I thought we played solid in defense throughout the game. Even though both teams stopped the others’ chances, we were dangerous in attack.”
Flagg, who had seven saves, closed her career with a third straight stellar performance in goal. After recording her first career shutout against Newman and playing 84 of the 90 minutes in goal in a shutout of UTPB, Flagg nearly led the Lady Eagles to a third straight shutout. As it was, OC played 296 consecutive minutes of scoreless defense before giving up Munoz’s goal.
LCU goalkeeper Lauren Story had five saves.