DALLAS (Oct. 14, 2013) – After surrendering a game-tying goal with one second left in regulation on Monday, the Oklahoma Christian Eagles could have gone into overtime deflated. Ricardo Chinchilla made sure that didn’t happen.
Chinchilla scored his second goal of the game, on an assist from Brandon Little Axe, less than three minutes into the extra period, giving OC a dramatic 4-3 win at Dallas Baptist (Texas) and snapping the Eagles’ five-game losing streak.
Little Axe added a goal and tied a single-game school record with three assists for OC (3-6-1, 1-2 Heartland Conference), which rallied from an early deficit, then responded to each of the final two goals by Dallas Baptist (3-7, 1-1). DBU beat the Eagles twice last season.
“I’m very proud of the guys for the fight and determination they showed tonight,” OC coach David Scott said. “We made things a little difficult for ourselves but kept working and managed to pull it out in the end. It would have been easy to drop our heads after giving up the goal right at the whistle to go to overtime, but they came out and ended it early in OT.
“Brandon had a great night and so did Ric. They were a handful all night and created a lot of problems.”
Riley Alvey gave the Patriots the lead in the ninth minute, scoring off an assist by Brian Robertson. DBU milked that advantage until the 33rd minute, when Troy Tippeconnic fed Little Axe, who beat DBU goalkeeper Chuck Schober to Schober’s left side.
Little Axe recorded the first of his three assists in the 49th minute on a goal by Cole Rinke, who shot from the right side and tucked the ball just inside the post, giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
In the 53rd minute, Robertson’s 25-yard blast beat OC goalkeeper Evan Helker and tied the game at 2-2. But the Eagles quickly answered, with Little Axe passing to Chinchilla, setting up a tap-in from less than five yards out in the 60th minute.
It looked like OC might be able to run the clock out, but a last-minute corner kick by the Patriots led to the last-second (literally) goal by Alex Becerra, who scored from about five yards out.
In the third minute of overtime, Little Axe sent a crossing pass to Chinchilla, who was to Little Axe’s right, and the sophomore midfielder from Heredia, Costa Rica, did the rest, converting the Eagles’ 25th shot of the game to finish off the first multiple-goal performance of his OC career.
“We had a great night offensively,” Scott said. “Hopefully this breaks us out of our slump. We moved very well and were dangerous all night. It takes so much pressure off when we can take advantage of our chances.”
Dallas Baptist took 21 shots.
Helker, who made nine saves last Thursday in a 1-0 loss to No. 23-ranked West Texas A&M, had 12 saves against the Patriots, matching the highest total by any Heartland Conference goalkeeper this season.
Schober had six saves for Dallas Baptist.
Little Axe, a sophomore from Norman, became the sixth OC player to record three assists in a game, joining Kem Molet (vs. Phillips in 1988), Matt Rogers (vs. Sterling, Kan., in 1996), Scott Wallace (vs. Oklahoma Wesleyan in 1997), Matt Clark (vs. Tabor, Kan., in 2002) and Fraol Legesse (vs. Southwestern, Kan., in 2012).