Eastern set to begin conference play in McAlester on Sunday


WILBURTON, OK (Sept. 9, 2014) – Eastern Oklahoma State College’s soccer teams have faced tough competition in the beginning of their inaugural seasons. With regional games beginning Sunday, the Mountaineer teams look to have more successful finishes.

“It’s not how you start, but how you finish and we plan to finish strong,” said Coach Irving Peralta.

The women’s team is currently 0-4. The men had their first win versus Ranger College which brings their record to 1-4. Peralta said that the coaching staff and the teams are “building game by game.”

The new soccer program began this year and the teams had only been together for a short amount of time prior to their first match. With a few games of experience under their belt, Peralta believes his teams have the ability to find success in regional play.

The combined records of the men’s opponents is 21-7-1. The women’s opponents have a record of 12-4-1. The men have faced two undefeated teams and the women have faced only teams that have no more than one loss.

“If you want to be the best, you have to play with the best and beat the best,” Peralta said.

Eastern’s first conference game is against Northern Oklahoma College on Sunday. The women’s game is at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 4 p.m. The games will be at McAlester High School’s First National Field. Peralta believes his teams have the potential to win, but said that “we have to get there first.”

Sydney Walker (#10) works her way past a Northeast Texas Community College defender.

Sergio Martinez (#12) goes up for a header against NSU in Tahlequah.
Photo provided by Joel Jimenez.

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