BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma — Ottawa stuck tight to the nation’s top team, but couldn’t generate enough offense for the win. The Braves men’s soccer team fell 4-1 Thursday on the road to No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan.

Aaron Kavanagh, junior forward, sunk an equalizer goal at the 32:27 mark in the first half to make it 1-1. The Eagles previously scored less than three minutes into the contest.

The Brave goal was short-lived. OKWU’s Jose Ponce answered back less than two minutes later with a goal in the 34th minute to make it 2-1 Eagles, a score that stood at halftime.

Two second half goals, one by Aleksander Simovic and the other by Julio Belo, sunk the Braves, who managed two total shots, both on-goal, in the match. The Eagles had 23 total shots, 12 on-goal.

Ottawa (2-5-1) plays 3:30 p.m. today against York College in York, Nebraska.

WOMEN

BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma – The No. 10 Lady Braves opened conference play with a disappointing 2-1 loss to No. 21 Oklahoma Wesleyan.

The Lady Eagles struck first with a goal by Taylor Gross at the 37:57 mark in the first half.

Ana Gonzalez, senior forward, answered for Ottawa by putting the ball in the net right before halftime at the 43:58 mark. She was assisted by Courtney Gonzalez, senior defender.

OKWU’s winning goal came at the 78:35 mark by Kaja Cremin.

The Lady Eagles outshot Ottawa 10-9, 6-4 in shots-on-goal.

Ottawa (5-2-1) looks to rebound 1 p.m. today at York College.