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Ryan, Flagg receive All-NCCAA Central Region women’s soccer honors

OC senior Addie Ryan received second-team honors on the All-NCCAA Central Region teams.
OC senior Addie Ryan received second-team honors on the All-NCCAA Central Region teams.

Ryan, Flagg receive All-NCCAA Central Region women’s soccer honors

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (Nov. 26, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian women’s soccer seniors Addie Ryan and Chelsie Flagg were honored on the All-National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region teams, which were announced Tuesday.

Ryan, a midfielder-defender from Edmond, made the second-team all-region list, while Flagg, a goalkeeper from Highlands Ranch, Colo., received honorable mention.

The NCCAA Central Region consists of schools from Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska and Missouri.

“We're very proud of Addie and Chelsie,” OC coach Randall Robison said. “I'm glad to see that they are getting very much deserved recognition. I will always be proud of Addie and Chels. It has certainly been my pleasure to coach both of these wonderful young ladies.”

Ryan, who earlier earned third-team All-Heartland Conference honors, played defender for much of the season for the Lady Eagles but still finished second on the team in scoring with eight points (two goals and a team-high four assists). She tied for 10th in the conference in assists as OC finished 4-12-2.

Ryan was OC’s primary free-kick specialist and excelled at pushing up from her defensive position into the attack, so much so that she led the Lady Eagles in shots (52) and shots on goal (23).

“Addie was the constant stable driving force for us in every single game,” Robison said. “Her commitment and work ethic was evident every time she took the field.”

Flagg played in goal during her first two seasons at OC before switching to the midfield, where she spent most of the past two seasons as a reserve. Having not played the position since 2011, she returned to goalkeeper in mid-October and recorded the best stretch of her career.

In five appearances totaling 376 minutes, she surrendered five goals, made 17 saves and recorded a goals-against average of 1.20. She posted her first career shutout in a win over Newman (Kan.) and played all but six minutes in another shutout against Texas-Permian Basin. She eventually recorded 290 consecutive scoreless minutes in goal – the equivalent of more than three full games.

“Chelsie's move to goal came at a time in our season that we really needed a strong performance back there,” Robison said. “In just a handful of games, she demonstrated the skills, the leadership and the performance to deserve this recognition.”