By Anna Adamyk Bartlesville, OK — Nov 4, 2017, 10:27 am
The Sterling College Men’s soccer team took on the number one seed, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, in the KCAC quarterfinals last night. The Eagles went into the 7 pm game with a perfect 11-0 conference record. Oklahoma Wesleyan leads the KCAC in overall goals (87), assists (64), shots per game (20.50), shots on goal per game (11.50), goals allowed per game (0.78), and total shutouts (8) (kcacsports.com).
The Sterling College Warriors were placed as the number eight seed in the KCAC playoffs with a record of 3-7-1 in conference games. Sterling held second place in the conference in total saves (114) and saves per game (6.33). Joel Chavez, a sophomore, saved 109 of Sterling’s total 114 saves and which gave him third place in KCAC saves.
Friday’s quarterfinal matchup was held at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The Eagles missed nine shots before Alberto Picchi scored the first, and final goal of the game for Oklahoma Wesleyan at 20:41. The Eagles had eleven more shot attempts in the first half, while Sterling’s Jaime Diaz, freshman, missed the Warrior’s only shot attempt of the half with 7:09 left on the clock. Sterling College had three fouls in the first half and one yellow card on Mauricio Ayala, junior. The Eagles were charged with eight fouls plus one yellow card on Julio Belo.
Sterling continued to struggle in the second half making only two shot attempts during the whole half. The Eagles continued to fight and missed a total of 18 shots in the second half. Sterling was charged with four fouls during in this half and two yellow cards, one on Johnathan Carcamo, freshman, and the other on, Luis Iniguez, freshman. Oklahoma Wesleyan had five fouls, plus one yellow card on Stefan Lukic. The game finished with Oklahoma winning 1-0 over the Sterling College and ending the Warriors’ 2017 season.