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Lady Eagles outshoot Rogers State by 13 but fall 3-1

OC's Gigi Gonzalez (center) battles for the ball against Rogers State's Carley Johnson (left) and Melissa Subu during Saturday night's game.
OC's Gigi Gonzalez (center) battles for the ball against Rogers State's Carley Johnson (left) and Melissa Subu during Saturday night's game.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 26, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian posted a 25-12 advantage in shots, but visiting Rogers State took advantage of its opportunities en route to a 3-1 win over the Lady Eagles on Saturday night in women’s soccer.

The game between Rogers State (3-10-1, 2-5 Heartland Conference) and OC (2-11-2, 0-5-1) was delayed by 40 minutes when the originally scheduled game officials failed to show up at the field. Once the game started, the Lady Eagles immediately began controlling the action but had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.

The Hillcats took a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute, when Taylor Haliford collected a ball bouncing loose inside the penalty box and beat OC goalkeeper Anna Walker with a sharp blast.

Twice before halftime, OC senior Addie Ryan nearly tied the game off a free kick from about 30 yards out. Rogers State goalkeeper Jordan Harris saved Ryan’s first attempt, in the 35th minute. Then, in the closing seconds of the half, another shot by Ryan banged off the crossbar.

OC posted a whopping 19-4 edge in shots in the second half, but had difficulty breaking through. Harris was called for a foul in the penalty box, but saved a penalty shot by Estefania Bermudez Delgado in the 56th minute.

In the 67th minute, Melissa Subu converted a penalty kick for the Hillcats, beating OC goalkeeper Chelsie Flagg. About five minutes later, Tara Garrett scored an unassisted goal for Rogers State, making it 3-0.

The Lady Eagles were awarded another penalty kick in the 73rd minute and Areli Bermudez Delgado scored. In the 81st minute, Rachel Bates nearly bent in a corner kick for OC, but the ball banged off the post.

Harris finished with 10 saves for the Hillcats. Walker and Flagg each made one save for OC.

The Lady Eagles’ final home game of the season will be Monday against Newman (Kan.).