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Men's Soccer: Late rally by Eagles falls painfully short at Rogers State


October 19, 2018

CLAREMORE, Okla. (Oct. 18, 2018) – An early three-goal deficit didn't deter Oklahoma Christian from making a serious game of it against Rogers State on Thursday night at Soldier Field.

The Eagles rallied with second-half goals by Garrett Blume and Vanja Hodovic and threatened again in the final moments, but the tying goal didn't come, allowing Rogers State to escape with a 3-2 win.

The loss was only the second on the road for OC (6-8-1, 4-6-1 Heartland Conference) this soccer season, but it dinged the Eagles' hopes of making the league's six-team postseason tournament. With 13 standings points, OC is tied for ninth, four points behind sixth-place Eastern New Mexico. The Eagles have three games remaining, all on the road, starting Saturday afternoon at Newman (Kan.).

Rogers State (8-5-2, 6-3-2), which outshot the Eagles 20-11, built a 3-0 lead in the first 34 minutes. The Hillcats went up 1-0 on a goal from Noah Robson from about 18 yards out, and Michael Turner headed in Robson's corner kick in the 19th minute. Anthony LaRosa's goal in the 34th minute gave Rogers State a seemingly insurmountable advantage.

But the Eagles came out with talons up in the second half. Matheus Mantovani hit the crossbar with a shot in the 51st minute before Blume broke through for OC, scoring from a shot in front of the goal in the 67th minute. The Eagles caught a break in the 88th minute, when a deflected ball fell to Hodovic, who scored his second career goal.

OC scrambled for the equalizer in the final moments, but the Eagles' best chance was a shot by Hodovic in the 89th minute that sailed right of the goal.

OC goalkeeper Anthony Trabichet made six saves, while Rogers State's Jazz Dhaliwal made three.


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