NOC Soccer teams lose to CowleyAugust 29, 2019 | Sports
Submitted By SCOT CLOUD | NOC Public Information
ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Northern Oklahoma College Mavericks dropped two games to Cowley College Wednesday night in Arkansas City, Kan.
The Maverick men lost to 16th ranked Cowley 3-1 while the Maverick women lost to Cowley 5-1. Both NOC teams are 0-2 on the season.
Cowley 3, Mavs 1
Cowley College scored two late goals to break a 1-1 tie and beat NOC 3-1.
The Tigers are ranked 18th in the NJCAA. After Cowley took a 1-0 lead, the Mavs tied the game midway in the second half as Alex Ellis scored off a goal kick by Kareem Williams. Cowley answered with two goals in a two minute span to pull away 3-1 in the final 10 minutes.
“First off, I want to congratulate Cowley on a hard fought win,” said head coach Michael Duroy. “They have a very good team and are certainly one of the top teams in the country and they deserved to win tonight. I will say that our guys executed our game plan really well, and played extremely hard for all ninety minutes,” he added. “I was very proud of their effort and organization. They did a great job of limiting Cowley’s possession to the midfield for the most part.” Despite the loss, Duroy is seeing improvement. “We are learning and growing from every game,” he said. “Tonight we played so well, but the second goal deflated us. We dropped our heads and lost concentration for a few minutes and they were able to get the third goal to put the game out of reach. We all need to be able to put adversity behind us and continue to focus on the game, including myself. I did a poor job after the goal of refocusing the guys. I do feel like we are moving in the right direction. We are improving.”
Cowley 5, Mavs 1
The NOC Women’s Soccer Team opened the 2019 season losing to 8th ranked Butler 3-1. On Wednesday they lost their second game of the season in the state of Kansas as Cowley County defeated the Mav’s 5-1.
NOC trailed 4-0 before Maddie Cochran scored her second goal of the season cutting the lead to 4-1. Cochran, a sophomore from Tulsa, scored the team’s only goal last week in the loss to Butler. The Mavericks started off quickly but gave up an own goal off a Cowley corner kick.
Ten minutes later Cowley scored a second with a nice finish from their center forward.
Cowley scored two early goals in the second half, then Cochran gave NOC a goal with a great free kick that sailed over their goalkeeper. Cowley then completed the game with a converted penalty kick.
“We really struggled to find any rhythm when in possession which hurt us a lot,” said head coach Jade Ovendale. “We didn’t create a ton of strong chances and they caused us some problems up top. Overall it wasn’t our best game and we have to learn to deal with adversity in games when it comes to conceding goals. We have two more opportunities to test some ideas before conference opens up. Every mistake or loss we take there is an opportunity for us to learn and correct, the more we learn about ourselves early on the better in the long run it will be for us as a team.”
The Mavericks travel to Iola, Kan. for game at Allen County Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Other highlights from the Mav’s opener in El Dorado included six saves by Maverick keeper Madeline Kindred.