By Sean Ditmore/sports writer
The Wayland Pioneers soccer squad hosted the defending conference champion Oklahoma Christian Lady Eagles on Tuesday evening at Hilliard Field. The Pioneers were doomed by a pair of controversial hand-ball calls in a 3-0 loss.
The first questionable hand-ball foul happened almost 7 minutes into the match. The violation occurred within the penalty box thereby awarding the Lady Eagles a penalty kick which was successfully converted into a goal by Senior Kristin Brown.
During the 69th minute Brown cemented the match for OCU with a second successful penalty kick, also the result of a controversial hand-ball call in the penalty box.
“Both times the ball was kicked into our arms,” Posey said. “The rule states that there has to be intent on a defensive player’s part, and unfortunately that’s the way the official thought he saw it. You take away those two calls and it is a 1-0 ball game.”
The Pioneers had an opportunity to tie the game up in the 51st minute of play, but a shot from just in front of the goal by Junior Tessa Rogers sailed high.
Posey also remarked that he was proud of his team’s effort.
“I have to applaud the girls for their fighting spirit, they continued to fight despite some questionable calls,” Posey said.
OCU freshman Jill Lintner finished the scoring with a goal in the 76th minute of play. Freshman Mackenzie McMahon assisted on the play.
The Pioneers record falls to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play.