ODESSA, Texas (Nov. 2, 2013) – As their season winds down, the Oklahoma Christian Lady Eagles seem to be finding their stride.
OC rolled to a 3-0 win at Texas-Permian Basin on Saturday night, with senior midfielder Addie Ryan scoring twice and recording the second multiple-goal game of her career and senior goalkeeper Chelsie Flagg playing all but the final six minutes as the Lady Eagles recorded a second straight defensive shutout.
OC (4-11-2, 2-5-1 Heartland Conference), which beat Newman (Kan.) 2-0 on Monday, has won consecutive games (and posted consecutive shutouts) for the first time since 2009, when the Lady Eagles beat Wayland Baptist (Texas) 1-0 and Northwestern Oklahoma State 4-0 back-to-back.
The win over UTPB (2-15, 1-7) was the first on the road for OC since beating St. Gregory’s 5-2 during the 2011 season.
“Our girls played a great game,” OC coach Randall Robison said. “We possessed the ball throughout the game and created numerous opportunities at goal. The defense was solid and organized. It was a complete game by our girls.”
UTPB outshot OC 14-5, but only three of the Falcons’ shots were on goal, while all of OC’s were on goal, meaning the Lady Eagles had more quality scoring chances.
Courtney Nixon put OC ahead in the 22nd minute, beating UTPB goalkeeper Bridget Esquivel in a one-on-one matchup. In the 39th minute, Ryan’s free kick deflected off a defensive wall of players and into the upper right corner of the goal, making it 2-0.
Nixon assisted on Ryan’s second goal of the game – and the season – in the 51st minute, giving OC a commanding 3-0 lead.
Ryan’s only other multiple-goal game came during her freshman season, in 2009, when she scored twice in a win over Southwestern Oklahoma State.
“It was a great game from Addie,” Robison said. “She was all over the field tonight.”
Flagg, who on Monday made her first start in goal since her sophomore season of 2011, made three saves and missed her second straight individual (and career) shutout only because Anna Walker replaced her for the final six minutes.
Esquivel finished with two saves for UTPB, which swept a pair of games against OC last season.
The Lady Eagles will wrap up their season on Monday at Lubbock Christian (Texas).