Eagles have tough start to conference play, fall 4-0 at St. Edward’s

Rodgers Otieno had OC's only shot in a 4-0 loss at St. Edward's.
Rodgers Otieno had OC's only shot in a 4-0 loss at St. Edward's.

AUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 5, 2013) – It was about as tough a conference opener as Oklahoma Christian ever has experienced in men’s soccer:  on the road against the defending champion – a team close to cracking the national rankings – with nearly one-third of the Eagles’ roster sidelined by injury.

St. Edward’s (Texas) beat OC 4-0 on Saturday afternoon at Lewis-Chen Family Field, but OC coach David Scott knew going in the Eagles would face an uphill battle.

St. Edward’s (5-1-1, 1-0 Heartland Conference) jumped ahead of OC (2-4-1, 0-1) quickly, with Andrew Fox scoring in the 10th minute by  heading the ball past freshman goalkeeper Evan Helker, who was making his first career start for the Eagles.

The Hilltoppers went up 2-0 in the 21st minute, with Nate Coons delivering a cross to Daniel Riley, who scored from six yards out. In the 38th minute, St. Edward’s extended its lead as Karl DeZoeten set up Adam Bonville for a successful volley from 15 yards out.

In the 72nd minute, Fox scored again – his seventh goal of the season – with an assist from Sam Burns. St. Edward’s outshot the Eagles 21-1, with Rodgers Otieno notching OC’s lone shot in the 81st minute.

OC will face Heartland Conference foe McMurry (Texas) on Monday afternoon in Abilene, Texas.