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Lady Eagles prepare for playoff run

Friday, October 26, 2007  
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By Tracy Washam

After a historic 2006 season in which they won 17 games and went undefeated during the regular season, the Lady Eagle’s soccer team had an unexpectedly rough campaign in 2007.

Despite the disappointing regular season, the Lady Eagles can still meet their goal of reaching the NAIA National Tournament for the second straight year by winning the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament.

“The season has definitely had some twists, but I have confidence in my teammates that we can pull through and turn things around in the SAC tournament,” senior Kristin Brown said.

Although the Lady Eagles have had a rough season, they aren’t disappointed. In fact, they have very high expectations for the upcoming SAC tournament, and have no doubt that they could do very well.

“I’ve been really impressed with the attitude of our team,” senior Taryn Caylor-Kingery said. “We have continued to hold our heads high and show pride, despite some unfortunate losses.

“Right now we are just going to work hard in our practices and to give it our best shot in the remaining games we may have.”

The team is going back over their system in practices and doing a lot of repetition. The Lady Eagles are also getting ready mentally and each player has her own role to fulfill as the team’s chemistry is at a high.

“The team’s chemistry is great. We have an incredibly supportive and encouraging team. Everyone has found their role and brings something special to the table,” Brown said.

The Lady Eagles are 5-9-2 on the regular season after tying in the final game of regular season play last Saturday against Southern Nazarene University. The tie puts the Lady Eagles at 3-5-1 in the SAC and makes them the No. 7 seed for the conference tournament.

The Lady Eagles will face No. 2 seed Oklahoma City University in the quarterfinals of the tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

In their regular season meeting, Oklahoma City defeated Oklahoma Christian 3-0 despite being out-shot by the Lady Eagles.

The winner of the contest will face either No. 3 seed Rogers State University, or No. 6 seed Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

“I expect everyone to practice 100 percent this week and to be prepared for a tough game on Saturday,” Brown said. “I’m not ready for the season to be over, so I fully expect us to come out and take care of business.”

Brown has put together one of the most successful careers in Oklahoma Christian soccer history. She leads the Lady Eagles in goals this year with seven and has amassed 51 goals for her career, placing her three goals behind Piper Coalson for the most goals scored in a career.

From this point on, the Lady Eagles are in a must-win situation. One loss will end their season and hopes for a return to the national tournament.

It will be an emotional time for the seniors, as every game they play may be their last, but they hope that situation won’t come too soon.

“Right now, we are only focused on our game for Saturday because if we lose, we are done,” Caylor-Kingery said. We don’t want to be done yet. This could be our last game and for us seniors may be the last game of our career.”

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