Joplin, MO: A late goal by the Ozark Christian College Ambassadors gave them a 0-1 win over Calvary University on Tuesday night. “We have to be more consistent and disciplined in our play,” Warriors coach Daniel Nichols said. The Warriors and Ambassadors met twice during the 2017 season with the teams splitting the season series at 1-1. The stage was set for the next chapter of this rivalry as the Warriors and Ambassadors took the field in Joplin, MO.
As the match began, the two teams went back and forth with both trying to get their offense going. Both teams had good scoring opportunities, but none of the shots found the back of the net. As the first half ended, the Warriors and Ambassadors were locked in a 0-0 battle.
At halftime some adjustments were made. Calvary focused on getting shots off quicker and on frame while giving Ozark less space offensively.
In the second half, both teams looked for that one play that would break the scoring drought. In the 62nd minute, the Ambassadors got that break on a throw in where CU did not mark up properly and Ozark put the ball in the back of the net to give them the 1-0 advantage.
With time winding down, the Warriors desperately looked for the equalizer and worked their offense to move into the attacking third, but the Ozark defense successfully cleared away the threats as OCC held on for a 1-0 victory over CU.
“Offensively we’re still working to develop,” Coach Nichols said. “We have the ability and players to score goals but we need to get everyone on the same page.”
Next up, the Warriors will travel to Barclay College on Friday night in Haviland, KS.