Eagles’ rally falls short in 2-1 loss to Texas A&M International

Tommy Guernsey scored the Eagles' only goal in a 2-1 loss to Texas A&M International.
Tommy Guernsey scored the Eagles' only goal in a 2-1 loss to Texas A&M International.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 20, 2012) – Texas A&M International used second-half goals by Oscar Pompa and Elkin Marin-Tobar to post a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon over Oklahoma Christian.

OC (6-8) rallied with a goal by Tommy Guernsey after falling behind 2-0 but couldn’t complete the comeback, allowing TAMIU (8-4-3) to avenge a loss to the Eagles earlier this season.

The teams proved evenly matched, with the Dustdevils recording a narrow 18-17 edge in shots. But a pair of defensive lapses proved too difficult for OC to overcome, coach David Scott said.

“I thought we played well the majority of the game,” Scott said. “It came down to not clearing a ball that should have been cleared and giving them a one-on-one with the goalkeeper and then losing track of a mark on a cross. Other than that, I thought we played well.”

TAMIU went ahead 1-0 in the 53rd minute on a sequence that began with a free kick by Jovany Macias from right of the goal, just outside of the penalty box. The ball eventually found its way to Adan Villavicencio, who headed it to Pompa. Pompa sent a volley from about six yards out past OC goalkeeper Connor Davenport.

Diego Manzano-Cano assisted on Marin-Tobar’s goal, which came in the run of play in the 66th minute. Twenty-seven seconds later, Guernsey answered for the Eagles. Guernsey’s initial shot was saved but not controlled by TAMIU goalkeeper Jesus Cisneros and Guernsey scored off the rebound.

OC wasn’t able to produce a quality scoring chance in the final 24 minutes, managing only long blasts from outside the penalty box. Cisneros finished with three saves while Davenport recorded seven. It was the first loss for Davenport, a junior who made his fourth career start.

OC played without one of its top offensive players, Ricardo Chinchilla, who by rule had to sit out after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season in the Eagles’ previous game.

“I feel like we did everything to get a result, but the mistakes killed us,” Scott said.

The Eagles will return to action Thursday night, hosting Texas-Permian Basin.

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