OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 18, 2012) – Six weeks after a season-opening win over USAO showed the promise of Oklahoma Christian’s women’s soccer team, the Lady Eagles finally were able to celebrate another “W” on Thursday night.
Callie White scored two goals in the final 20 minutes after Chelsie Flagg tied the game and OC snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Heartland Conference foe St. Mary’s (Texas) on Thursday.
Entering the game, OC had scored five goals in 11 games, but changes made to the offensive attack paid dividends for the Lady Eagles, coach Randall Robison said. St. Mary’s (8-7) did outshoot OC (2-10) by a 21-19 count, but the Lady Eagles had many more quality chances to score than in games in recent weeks.
“I’m very proud of our girls,” Robison said. “They did a great job sticking to our game plan. We changed a couple of things we wanted to do tactically in the middle of the field and every one of our players responded well. We got numbers forward better tonight than in any game this season.
“We felt like the girls have been capable of playing this kind of soccer all season. The difference tonight is we played smarter in the back and we took personal responsibility up front to create chances. They deserved this win throughout the season and tonight they earned it.”
Addie Ryan almost put OC ahead in the 20th minute, firing off the post. The Rattlers took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute on a goal by Leah Snelson. Emilie Snelson sent a thru pass to Leah Snelson and OC goalkeeper Lindsey Williams was a moment too late with her challenge, allowing Leah Snelson to take her shot.
Flagg’s first career goal came in the 44th minute and provided a huge momentum boost to the Lady Eagles. The goalkeeper-turned-midfielder headed in a cross by Mackenzii Bieke to pull OC even before halftime.
St. Mary’s almost went back ahead in the opening minute of the second half, but Leia Kirch’s powerful shot caromed off the left post.
The game turned in the 65th minute, when Kirch received a red card and was ejected after being called for a foul when she became tangled up with OC’s Gigi Gonzalez. That left the Rattlers a player down the rest of the match and OC took advantage.
White put the Lady Eagles ahead in the 71st minute, blasting a free kick from 30 yards out past St. Mary’s goalkeeper Alyssa Taramona. White provided an insurance goal for OC in the 81st minute, taking a pass from Gonzalez and sending a 20-yard shot into the lower left corner of the goal.
Williams finished with seven saves for OC.
OC will continue its season-ending five-game homestand on Saturday, hosting Texas A&M International.