Mid-America Christian Men’s Soccer Three-Peats as SAC Tournament Champion with 3-0 Victory over Science & Arts

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VSN (admin) Published Saturday, November 12, 2022 – 2:30 p.m.


OKLAHOMA CITY – After playing to a scoreless draw in the first 45 minutes, the No. 1 Mid-America Christian men’s soccer team clinched the No. 0 win over Science & Arts in the Sooner Athletic Conference Championship game at Dill Soccer Field on Friday night. The victory marked Evangel’s third consecutive SAC Tournament title win.

SCORING SUMMARY

  • 2n.d Half – MACU – 47:09 – Goal: Jack Price (6), Assist: Mason Gonzalez, Luan Cesar – MACU 1, USAO 0
  • 2n.d Half – MACU – 52:28 – Goal: Jack Price (7), Assist: Diego Real – MACU 2, USAO 0
  • 2n.d Half – MACU – 86:14 – Goal: Mason Gonzalez (7), Assist: Akira Ono, Diego Real – MACU 3, USAO 0

SUMMARY OF THE MATCH

  • Despite battling against a strong north wind in the first half, Mid-America Christian put the first chance on-goal in the sixth minute. After the Drovers were fouled from 35 yards out, Bruno Sperandio took a free kick that was placed in the middle of the box for Kareem Williams, but the header appeared in the air as USAO goalkeeper Louis Owens made a routine save to keep it scoreless.
  • Science & Arts’ first shot opportunity came on the 18thTh minutes when Justin Croke launched a left-side corner into the center of the box for Callum Shepherd, but his header sailed over the crossbar.
  • With both teams limited offensively, the Drovers managed to put a shot in the frame late in the half. With 2:20 remaining, Dani Suarez won the ball from the MACU defense and found an open Justin Croke, but his 26-yarder from the right side was saved by a diving Sven van den Oever toward the right post.
  • With the wind at their backs, the Evangels were able to find their offensive stride right out of the gate in the second half. In 48Th minutes, Mason Gonzalez tackled the ball away from the Drovers defender in the midfield and sent a give-and-go pass to Luan Cesar. After Cesar relayed a pass back to Gonzalez on the break, he slipped a pass to the left side for Jack Price, who fired the game-winner inside the left post to bring the score to 1-nil.
  • Five minutes later, Price struck again for MACU. After Diego Real intercepted a pass in the midfield, he sent the ball on a deep run down the right side for Price. With the keeper closing the corner and the defenders back, Price cut to his left and fired a shot high into the middle under the crossbar to set the score at 2-nil.
  • In 57Th minutes, Price had a chance at a hat trick when Georg Westerlund sent an open cross from the left side to Price on the right side, but he struck a low liner that went straight into the mitts of Owens.
  • At the 64:28 mark, Rodrigo Ferreira capitalized on the strong wind behind him after a Drovers foul was called just past the halfway line. In his deep free kick, Ferreira put a lot of power behind his kick directed just underneath the middle of the crossbar, but Owens could push the shot just over the bar to force MACU’s corner.
  • In 87Th minutes, Evangels was basically an ice game while battling through the elements of snow. After Price played a short left-side corner to Real, the SAC Freshman of the Year sent an incredible ball down the left for Akira Ono, who launched an easy pass to an open Gonzalez in the middle of the box as he punched in the box. the final score from six yards out to secure a 3-0 result.

MATCH NOTES

  • Mid-America Christian dominated offensive possession by outshooting Science & Arts by a 16-5 margin with a 9-1 edge in shots on-goal. The Evangels were especially dominant in the second half with an 11-2 shot margin through the final 45 minutes.
  • Jack Price led the MACU offensive attack with his second career multi-goal game with a pair of scores off six shots, four of which were on frame. Price’s last multi-goal game came in a 5-1 win over Sterling (Kan.) on Sept. 14, 2021.
  • SAC Player of the Year Mason Gonzalez made some big offensive and defensive plays throughout the game as he finished with a goal and an assist for three points. The score marked his seventh of the season, tying him with Price for third on the MACU scoring list.
  • SAC Freshman of the Year Diego Real continued to build on his legendary rookie campaign as he tallied a pair of assists to bring his season total to 11, tying teammate Rodrigo Ferreira (2021) for the second most assists in a single season. NAIA era and need just one more to match Cesar Ramirez for the top spot in the MACU record books.
  • Senior midfielder Luan Cesar turned in his third assist of the season to bring his season-point total to 11 on the year.
  • Making the start of his first season, redshirt junior goalkeeper Sven van den Oever recorded 14 MACU.Th close out the 2022 campaign. Behind the center back tandem of Ricardo Sepulveda and Kareem Williams, van den Oever faced only one shot on goal during 90 minutes of regulation.
  • Being just one of three teams Evangel went undefeated during regular season play, Mid-America Christian was able to dispatch the Drovers after the two teams played to a 1-1 draw at McLaughlin Field in Chickasha, Okla. 14.
  • The victory for the Evangels in the SAC title tilt marked their fourth conference title in the last five years. The three-goal margin of victory for MACU was also the largest in any of those championships as Evangel won the first two SAC ships in the postgame shootout before defeating Southwest Christian 2-0 in last year’s final.
  • This is the second time Mid-America Christian tops Science & Arts in the league championship game. The Evangels won their first SAC title of 2018 when MACU played the Drovers to a 1-1 tie at McLaughlin Field. MACU then dominated the postgame shootout as Simon Van Rheeden booted in the winning goal to seal a 5-3 victory.

Until the future

  • Mid-America Christian will now prepare to host its first NAIA Opening Round at Dill Soccer Field from Nov. 17-19. Semifinal matches will be played on Thursday before the regional championship is played by the winning team on Saturday.

Mid-America Christian University University of Science and the Arts Oklahoma Soccer Game Results Sooner Men’s Athletic Conference

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