OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 19, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian posted a considerable advantage over visiting Texas A&M International in shots, but the Lady Eagles weren’t able to finish their chances and TAMIU’s Jessica Parker made them pay.
Parker posted a hat trick as the Dustdevils – who had scored just seven goals all season – beat OC 4-1 on Saturday night in a Heartland Conference game.
OC (2-9-2, 0-3-1 Heartland) controlled the action in the first half and ended up outshooting TAMIU (2-9, 2-4) by a 20-10 margin, but the only goal the Lady Eagles scored came on a second-half penalty kick by Estefania Bermudez Delgado.
Parker was able to get a loose ball past OC goalkeeper Anna Walker in the 28th minute for her first goal. About four minutes later, a foul on the Lady Eagles in the penalty area led to a penalty kick for TAMIU, which Sam Zerilli converted to make it 2-0.
“We thought the girls played a tremendous first half,” OC coach Randall Robison said. “I think it was very unfair to go in at halftime down two, but by the same token, we gifted them those two goals. Ultimately, any team, in any game, you can’t miss opportunities early in the game from that control that you have and on the same token, give away goals without going down 2-0 at halftime.”
Parker won a scramble for a loose ball in the penalty area and beat OC goalkeeper Chelsie Flagg in the 50th minute.
Down 3-0, the Lady Eagles stepped up their attack and earned the penalty kick by Bermudez Delgado in the 70th minute, and not long after, a shot by Somer Helms bounced off the post. But Parker put an end to OC’s thoughts of a rally, taking a pass from Rosalia Pujols Burgos and beating Flagg with a 12-yard strike from the left side in the 83rd minute.
“We just have to keep doing what we do well,” Robison said. “That’s been our mantra to the girls for awhile. We don’t need to focus on the other things as much as we need to focus on ‘What do we do well?’ … If the girls just keep going, the bounces will go their way eventually.”
TAMIU goalkeeper Christina Morales made eight saves, while Walker had two. Flagg, making her first appearance in goal for OC since her sophomore season in 2011, wasn’t credited with a save in her 45 minutes of action.