OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 25, 2013) – Areli Bermudez Delgado and Somer Helms each scored a goal in the final 30 minutes to rally Oklahoma Christian to a 2-1 win over visiting Southwestern Christian on Wednesday afternoon.
In ending a run of four games without a win, OC (2-4-1) dealt Southwestern Christian (5-1-1) its first loss of the season and avenged a loss at the hands of Southwestern Christian last season.
“The girls played very well,” OC coach Randall Robison said. “We’ve been preaching at them about having the heart and the intensity to finish a game off and that’s what we saw tonight.”
The Lady Eagles controlled the action for much of the first half, but fell behind in the 27th minute. A pass from Marilyn Kalin found Rebecca Ford, who dribbled the ball a couple of times to maneuver into a one-on-one situation with OC goalkeeper Lindsey Williams before scoring from about six yards out.
At halftime, Robison switched around his lineup, most notably moving Bermudez Delgado from a defensive position, where she usually plays, to an attacking spot alongside her sister, Estefania Bermudez Delgado.
That move paid off in the 65th minute, as Estefania spotted Areli in the penalty area and Areli beat Southwestern Christian goalkeeper Emily Oldacre to score her first goal of the season and tie the game.
“We thought those were adjustments that were going to have a good effect, and they did,” Robison said. “I think that’s evident by Areli finally getting on the scoresheet. Popping her into the middle of the field is something that we’ve wanted to do, but we didn’t know if we had another option at right back. I thought Alexis Farrell played tremendously well out there.”
In the 76th minute, OC took the lead off a set play. Kelsey Taylor took a corner kick and the ball went to Addie Ryan. Ryan deflected it toward Helms, who knocked it past Oldacre during a scramble in front of the goal.
Southwestern Christian made a late push, peppering the goal with quality shots during the final 14 minutes and testing Anna Walker, who played the second half in goal for OC. Walker made an outstanding save with about 10 minutes left, leaping high to fist over the crossbar a spinning free kick from about 30 yards out by Jill Owens.
Walker finished the game with a season-high seven saves, while Williams made two.
“We were glad to get Anna some time in goal,” Robison said. “I thought she played great – seven saves and a couple of big-times saves that were situations where they probably deserved to score.”
Southwestern Christian outshot OC 18-17 and Oldacre made seven saves.
OC will return to action Saturday at noon, when the Lady Eagles host Angelo State (Texas).