Eagles drop 2-0 decision at St. Edward’s in final road game

Cole Rinke had one of OC’s six shots in a 2-0 loss at St. Edward’s.
Cole Rinke had one of OC’s six shots in a 2-0 loss at St. Edward’s.

AUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 13, 2012) – Oklahoma Christian’s road dominance in 2012 disappeared during the Eagles’ final Heartland Conference road trip of the regular season.

OC dropped a 2-0 decision on Saturday afternoon at St. Edward’s (Texas), the Eagles’ third straight loss – all on the road – after having won four straight road games.

OC (5-7) will return home for its final five regular-season games and coach David Scott said there could be some changes made after St. Edward’s (7-3-2) outshot the Eagles 19-6 and posted an 11-0 advantage in corner kicks.

“We played well for stretches today, but giving away soft goals has been a problem during the last few games,” Scott said. “We give ourselves no chance no matter how well we play if we keep gifting goals. All things considered, our back four played well tonight and credit to them for keeping us in the game early.

“A big positive today was the performance of a few young guys who have been waiting for a chance who came in and played very well. It might create some interesting lineup decisions for the upcoming games.”

Daniel Riley’s eighth goal of the season, in the 51st minute, broke a scoreless tie and put the Hilltoppers ahead. Riley’s header – which came after a header by Kyle Pujats – sailed over OC goalkeeper Tim Spencer.

The Eagles remained within striking distance until the 84th minute, when Andrew Fox sealed the win for St. Edward’s by scoring on a free kick from 20 yards.

Spencer had four saves for the Eagles, while St. Edward’s goalkeeper John Kaschak had one.

The Eagles will host St. Mary’s (Texas) on Thursday to begin the five-game homestand.