OCU falls in closing minutes
The OCU Men's Soccer team traveled down to Portsmouth, Ohio on Monday to play Shawnee State, an improved NAIA team in 2009. The Trailblazer went toe to toe with SSU all game long but with 5 minutes left in the game, Shawnee State caught them off guard and scored. Shawnee State has struggled of recent years in the NAIA but this year have turned it around and are 7-5-1. "They are in a tough conference with the likes of Cedarville, Notre Dame College, Ohio Dominican and until this year Rio Grande. All of whom have visited the NAIA National Tournament recently. So we wanted to go down there and see how we played and although we didn't win, we gained confidence knowing that we can and one day will" elaborated Coach Murton.
OCU also did it without Captain Defender Kevin Street. "We played with 1 junior, 1 sophomore and two freshmen on the back line and I couldn't be more pleased with their progress" mention Murton. With Street missing, OCU did see the emergence of Freshman goalkeeper Taylor Ryan. Ryan had 14 saves, a career high and is showing signs or more confidence as a collegiate goalkeeper. "I've known he is capable. He has just needed to get more comfortable and now he is getting to where I know he can be" Murton on Ryan's goal keeping ability.
OCU falls to 12-4-0 and will play next in Atlanta this Friday against #3 Clearwater Christian College and on Saturday against #12 Atlanta Christian College.