Andrew Anderson scored the first three goals of the evening as Ouachita Christian subdued Bastrop 3-2 Tuesday night at Ram Stadium.
Anderson's first shot of the night ricocheted off the crossbar in the opening minutes, but shortly afterward, No. 99 found the back of the net from the right side to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Bastrop then mounted its first offensive, but the Eagles were awarded a goal kick after the Rams were unable to convert a corner.
Moments later, Anderson unleashed a series of skillful moves before sending his second goal into the net just 15 minutes into the match.
Completing the hat trick, Anderson out-hustled the Rams' defense for a breakaway goal.
Bastrop reduced the deficit to 3-1 in the 36th minute when Xavier Latting buried the rebound on a shot from Cali Robinson.
Bastrop threatened again just before time expired in the first half.
OCS keeper Derek Healy batted away a corner kick, but the Rams maintained possession.
Keeping the pressure on, Antonious Robinson struck the side of the goal.
“This was one of those games, that if the ball bounces our way a couple of times, the outcome could have easily been 4-3,” Bastrop coach Joey Toncrey said. “We didn't get the win like we were hoping, but this game should give us some motivation and confidence going into district.”
Halting the Rams' momentum, the Eagles took the offensive early in the second half. Goalkeeper Caleb McGurk kept the Rams within striking distance with five saves during a 15-minute span, including a diving stop to deny Anderson's fourth goal.
Bastrop closed within 3-2 when Sam Schwartz crashed the net in the 73rd minute. C.C. White assisted on Schwartz's first goal of the season.
It was a gutsy effort by the Rams, who were missing three players due to injury and two more to illness.
“We had a lot of people out of position tonight,” Toncrey said. “Sam Schwartz and Shawn Sherman played a lot more than normal and I was pleased with their play.”
With only a day between matches, the Rams start district play at home vs. West Ouachita on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Page 2 of 2 - “We have a few little things to work on Wednesday,” Toncrey said. “You're never going to get everything worked out, but our goal is to have less and less things to work out.”