Central Baptist Starts Quick, Notches 17 Goals on the StarsStars showing progress in early-season matches at home
COLUMBIA, Mo. – A scorching, mid-afternoon affair with Central Baptist College awaited the Stephens College soccer team (0-3-0) on Saturday, less than 24 hours after playing University of the Ozarks on Friday with zero subs. The outcome for the Stars was nearly identical to Friday’s 16-0 loss, as the team played with one sub and yielded 17 goals to Central Baptist.
“We have to focus on the positives at this point in our development,” Stephens head coach Xander Kennedy said. “The fact that I’m sensing more passion in our team with each passing game really counts.”
The visiting Mustangs came out firing on all cylinders. Even with three solid saves by Stephens goalkeeper Briannica Ponder, CBC knocked in four goals within the first 10 minutes of the match.
In the 36th minute, the Stars had their best chance at finding the back of the net as midfielder/forward Ilia Siegwald got behind the Mustangs’ defense. The sophomore from Concordia, Mo. had a one-on-one opportunity and delivered a well-placed ball, but a spectacular save by Central Baptist’s goalkeeper Becca Clements thwarted Stephens’ opportunity at the program’s first goal.
Central Baptist took a 9-0 lead into halftime with 24 shots, 18 of which were on goal. The Stars limited the Mustangs to 15 second-half shots and one less goal in the final 45 minutes.
Central Baptist’s Tarra Hendricks led all scorers with five goals, along with a pair of assists.
Up next for Stephens is the team’s first road match in Jacksonville, Ill. at MacMurray College. The match is set for a 4 p.m. kickoff.