Faced with a win or go home scenario, the Eastern men knew it was also "win and in" on Tuesday afternoon versus Murray State College to qualify for the Region 2 Tournament beginning Saturday, Oct. 27 in Miami, OK.
The Eastern Mountaineers knew coming into their showdown with Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa that a win or tie would keep them in control of their destiny heading into their rescheduled match with Murray State College the next day. The Mavs knew that a win would clinch the regular season conference title for them.
The Eastern Oklahoma State College men's soccer team will host "Sara's Game" at their home match against Murray State College on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. The game will help promote awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and honor Head Coach Jon Evan's daughter, Sara. All funds raised during "Sara's Game" will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Coming into the final week of the season, Eastern was in a three-team race for the final two spots in the Region 2 Conference Tournament. Heading into their match up with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, the Mountaineers knew they had little margin for error. To make matters worse, due to inclement weather in the region and a rash of cancellations and postponements, Eastern hadn't played a match in nearly three weeks and had to move the home game to Atoka High School.
After an evenly played first half in which both teams took their chances, Murray State College found the answer to a tough Eastern Oklahoma State College defense in the form of two second-half goals. Eastern came out strong in the first half creating several chances in the first 20 minutes and earning the Mountaineers a pair of corner kicks and a couple of dangerous free-kick opportunities. Both teams closed the half strong, but could not get behind the defense for any meaningful opportunities.
In a match up of 0-7 vs 7-0, 5th-year program Eastern Oklahoma State College faced 5-time NJCAA National Champion and the current No. 1 ranked team in the country Richland JC on Friday night in Dallas.
The Mountaineers didn't give themselves a chance at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College on Wednesday night as they found themselves down by three goals in the first 20 minutes. Perhaps they came out too fast and got stretched at the back by a dangerous NEO attack. The Mountaineers were able to pull a goal back to make it 3-1 at the break, but the damage was done as NEO cruised to a 5-1 victory.
The Mountaineers found themselves down a goal early once again but battled hard for 90 minutes. Eastern put together arguably their best overall performance of the year but just couldn't find the back of the net to overcome the first place Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa Mavericks.
The Mountaineers dug themselves an early hole once again, then came out with one of their strongest performances of the year in the second half to push Rose State College down the stretch in a 3-2 home defeat to the defending conference champion.
The Eastern Oklahoma State College men's soccer team came out strong and took a 2-1 lead into halftime on Thursday night at Cowley County Community College. The Mountaineers held on to the lead through 60 minutes but couldn't tame the Tigers, eventually falling 2-4 to the perennial Top 25 team.