Penalty kick allows Lady Eagles to forge 1-1 tie with St. Gregory’s

Estefania Bermudez Delgado goes toward the goal Monday night against St. Gregory's. She scored OC's goal in a 1-1 tie with the Cavaliers.
Estefania Bermudez Delgado goes toward the goal Monday night against St. Gregory's. She scored OC's goal in a 1-1 tie with the Cavaliers.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 23, 2013) – In a wild game that featured a combined 43 shots and multiple missed opportunities in front of open goals, Oklahoma Christian and St. Gregory’s tied 1-1 on Monday night.

OC (1-4-1) snapped a three-game losing streak and recorded its first tie since a 1-1 draw against Wayland Baptist (Texas) on Oct. 29, 2011.

Estefania Bermudez Delgado converted a penalty kick in the 52nd minute after a St. Gregory’s player was called for a handball in the penalty box, setting off a celebration by the Lady Eagles.

But less than two minutes later, St. Gregory’s (5-1-1-) tied the game, as Holly Blackwell took a ball that had ricocheted to her about 25 yards from the goal and boomed a shot past OC goalkeeper Lindsey Williams.

Both teams had numerous opportunities to score a tiebreaking goal during the final 36 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime but weren’t able to finish. OC outshot the Cavaliers 29-14.

“It was good to see that we could create the number of shots, because we’ve struggled with that the last couple of games,” OC women’s soccer coach Randall Robison said. “We got into the final third plenty tonight. Four open nets that don’t get finished, and to be fair, they had a couple of opportunities that they probably should have scored as well. But you put those goals away early and it changes the shape of the game.”

St. Gregory’s goalkeeper Haylee Merrill made 11 saves, a couple of the spectacular variety, while Williams finished with three saves for OC.

This week is an important one for the Lady Eagles, who have two more home games – against Southwestern Christian on Wednesday afternoon and Angelo State (Texas) on Saturday afternoon.

“Honestly, every game from here on out is a big game,” Robison said. “Every game is a must-win for us., trying to stay on the angle and the attitude that the girls have had so far of changing the face of OC soccer. They’re still working just as hard as they were in August. They still have the same great attitude. We’re just a couple of bounces or a couple of shots here or there away from having a different outlook on that.”

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