OCU Rolls in 5-1 Win Over NAIA Cincinnati Christian
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The OCU men' soccer team took on NAIA affiliate Cincinnati Christian University on Tuesday evening and rolled to their 8th straight win, beating the visiting Golden Eagles 5-1. CCU came into the game having won three staight games, including a 1-0 win over Asbury University. Ohio Christian came into the game having won 7 straight contests, all by shutout.
Senior Dexter Chapman got the OCU assault started early as he scored in the 11th minute for his 7th goal of the season. The Chapman goal gave OCU a 1-0 lead and would be the only scoring in the first half. Ohio Christian faced adversity at the end of the first half when A.C. Gracelien was red carded while lining up during a free kick situation. OCU would have to play the remainder of the game one man down. Both teams headed into the intermission with OCU leading 1-0 at halftime.
OCU came out on a mission in the second half despite playing at a one man disadvantage. Jimmy Galvan scored his 9th goal of the season to give the Blazers a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute. Dave Blamo then unleashed a goal of his own in the 60th minute to push the OCU lead to 3-0. Emanuel Harris then found the back of the net in the 74th minute to give the Trailblazers a 4-0 lead.
Cincinnati Christian would manage to score their only goal in the 79th minute to get within 4-1, but that is as close as they would get. Ohio Christian freshman Adam Knox closed the door on CCU as he scored on the 2nd assist of the day by Emanuel Harris to give the Trailblazers a 5-1 lead.
"I was pleased to see our team face adversity and deal with it in a positive and constructive way," said OCU coach Josh Murton. "We had some very creative goals and that is a good sign at this point in the season. I know the defense was upset to give up that goal but its good to see that we were frustrated by it and that our focus is to shut teams out."
OCU outshot Cincinnati 15-9 on the day. Freshman goalkeeper Derek Montgomery started his 2nd straight game for OCU and performed well. The CCU goal in the 2nd half was the first goal the Ohio Christian defense had allowed in 730 minutes, spanning over an 8 game stretch. OCU is now 14-2-1 on the season. The current 8 game winning streak is the longest streak in program history. The last time an OCU men's soccer team had defeated Cincinnati Christian was October 11th, 1986.
Ohio Christian is back in action on Monday, October 24th, when they travel to Cedarville University to close out the regular season schedule. Cedarville, an NCAA Division II member, is currently 8-5-0 on the season.